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[out-ruhn] /ˌaʊtˈrʌn/
verb (used with object), outran, outrun, outrunning.
to run faster or farther than.
to escape by or as if by running:
They managed to outrun the police.
to exceed; excel; surpass.
Origin of outrun
1520-30; out + run Unabridged
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  • So they both ran together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.

    The Fair Haven Samuel Butler
  • She gazed, as if her longing were striving to outrun the steam.

    Germinie Lacerteux Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
  • Throwing a glance over her shoulder, she saw that she had outrun her pursuer so far that she was no longer visible.

  • He might wish to outrun the redskins to save his scalp, some day.

    Far Past the Frontier James A. Braden
  • That the bear could outrun him on land he knew all too well.

    The Shadow Passes Roy J. Snell
British Dictionary definitions for outrun


verb (transitive) -runs, -running, -ran, -run
to run faster, farther, or better than
to escape from by or as if by running
to go beyond; exceed
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Word Origin and History for outrun

mid-14c., "to run out," from out (adv.) + run (v.). Sense of "to outstrip in running" is from 1520s; figurative use from 1650s. Related: Outran; outrunning.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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