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[out-last, -lahst] /ˌaʊtˈlæst, -ˈlɑst/
verb (used with object)
to endure or last longer than:
The pyramids outlasted the civilization that built them.
to live longer than; outlive.
Origin of outlast
First recorded in 1565-75; out- + last2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • You run yourself stone-cold, only to find that your quarry has outlasted you.

    On the Heels of De Wet

    The Intelligence Officer
  • It has outlasted the thousand years since the old Teutonic times.

    The Book of Hallowe'en Ruth Edna Kelley
  • The most fragile of the mosses was born before he was born and it outlasted him.

    The Last Christmas Tree James Lane Allen
  • It outlasted their walk and detained them long on the steps of the 'Every Other Week' building.

    The March Family Trilogy, Complete William Dean Howells
  • The old phaeton had outlasted several generations of its drawers.

    Pierre; or The Ambiguities Herman Melville
  • Obviously the old log barn had outlasted its original purposes.

    The Cassowary Stanley Waterloo
  • The rapture of it outlasted Forbes' endurance; it did not bore him, it wore him out.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for outlasted


(transitive) to last longer than
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for outlasted



"to last longer than," 1570s, from out (adv.) + last (v.). Related: Outlasted; outlasting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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