[ out-ruhn ]
/ ˌaʊtˈrʌn /

verb (used with object), out·ran, out·run, out·run·ning.

to run faster or farther than.
to escape by or as if by running: They managed to outrun the police.
to exceed; excel; surpass.

Nearby words

  1. outrigger,
  2. outright,
  3. outring,
  4. outro,
  5. outrow,
  6. outrunner,
  7. outrush,
  8. outré,
  9. outs,
  10. outsail

Origin of outrun

First recorded in 1520–30; out + run

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British Dictionary definitions for outrun


/ (ˌaʊtˈrʌn) /

verb -runs, -running, -ran or -run (tr)

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.

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