outrun

[out-ruhn]
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verb (used with object), out·ran, out·run, out·run·ning.
  1. to run faster or farther than.
  2. to escape by or as if by running: They managed to outrun the police.
  3. to exceed; excel; surpass.

Origin of outrun

First recorded in 1520–30; out + run
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Related Words for outrun

elude, surpass, beat, distance, exceed, defeat

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British Dictionary definitions for outrun

outrun

verb -runs, -running, -ran or -run (tr)
  1. to run faster, farther, or better than
  2. to escape from by or as if by running
  3. to go beyond; exceed
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Word Origin and History for outrun
v.

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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