[out-dis-tuh ns]

verb (used with object), out·dis·tanced, out·dis·tanc·ing.

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
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Related Words for outdistance

outperform, outdo, outclass, outpace, exceed, overtake, beat, top, better, surpass, pass, best, outplay

Examples from the Web for outdistance

Historical Examples of outdistance

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for outdistance



(tr) to leave far behind
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