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[out-last, -lahst]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to endure or last longer than: The pyramids outlasted the civilization that built them.
  2. to live longer than; outlive.
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Origin of outlast

First recorded in 1565–75; out- + last2
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  1. (tr) to last longer than
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Word Origin and History for outlast


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

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