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[out-stey] /ˌaʊtˈsteɪ/
verb (used with object)
to stay longer than.
to stay beyond the time or duration of; overstay:
to outstay one's welcome.
Origin of outstay
First recorded in 1590-1600; out- + stay1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for outstay
Historical Examples
  • He had pledged himself so faithfully not to outstay the first attack!

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • With that knowledge, surely with that in his mind, he could outstay their patience.

    The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman
  • As he had entered the office first, it was in order for me to outstay him, which I did.

  • She was most anxious on this first occasion not to outstay her welcome.

    Mammon and Co. E. F. Benson
  • Come, Josie,' said thoughtful Bess, fearing to outstay their welcome.

    Jo's Boys Louisa May Alcott
  • Theodore pulled out his watch, that he might not outstay his appointment.

    Four Early Pamphlets William Godwin
  • He seems right hospitable, but I don't reckon I'll outstay my welcome.

    Mavericks William MacLeod Raine
  • Spicca was very patient, but evidently determined to outstay Orsino.

    Don Orsino F. Marion Crawford
  • He tried to outstay Mr. Sherman last night, but he didn't manage it.

    Chronicles of Avonlea Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • He meant to outstay the rest, for he wished to speak with Wetmore alone, and it seemed as though those people would never go.

    The Coast of Bohemia William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for outstay


verb (transitive)
to stay longer than
to stay beyond (a limit)
outstay one's welcome, See overstay (sense 4)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for outstay

c.1600, from out (adv.) + stay (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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