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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
First recorded in 1520-30; out + run Unabridged
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  • Bill had horses which could outrun the fugitive, and why did he not use them?

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • Do you imagine you can outrun two squadrons of German cruisers?

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • Fast men in modern times are very apt to outrun the constable.

    The Comic Latin Grammar Percival Leigh
  • I have more last than you have and can outrun these fellows, never fear.

    The Cat of Bubastes G. A. Henty
  • He leaned forward and spurred his horse to outrun the pursuers.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
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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