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[out-dis-tuh ns] /ˌaʊtˈdɪs təns/
verb (used with object), outdistanced, outdistancing.
to leave behind, as in running; outstrip:
The winning horse outdistanced the second-place winner by five lengths.
Origin of outdistance
First recorded in 1855-60; out- + distance Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Ordinarily in a straight-away run he could outdistance the fleetest foxhound.

  • Mrs. Carrington was determined that her rival should not outdistance her at the finish.

    Making People Happy Thompson Buchanan
  • We may outdistance him a few yards, but a lot depends on the wind.

    Quarter-Back Bates Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Even a summer fawn is reputed to be able to outdistance a Wolf.

  • In that moment she reached a mark in her spiritual career that she was to outdistance but once.

    Fanny Herself Edna Ferber
  • Nothing, however, on four legs or two, would have a ghost of a chance to outdistance a racing aroplane.

  • I can go on and on without stopping and outdistance the sources of the night; my youth is inexhaustible, my feet will never weary.

    Woman Magdeleine Marx
  • The balls will cross in starting and repeatedly thereafter unless one should outdistance the other.

  • Toby dropped his gun and ran, but he knew he could not outdistance the furious animal at his heels.

    Left on the Labrador Dillon Wallace
  • Her voice was sobbing now, but she kept on, and she set a pace that Harkness could not outdistance.

British Dictionary definitions for outdistance


(transitive) to leave far behind
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