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outrun

[ out-ruhn ]
/ ˌaʊtˈrʌn /
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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.

RELATED WORDS

elude, surpass, beat, distance, exceed, defeat

Nearby words

outrigger, outright, outring, outro, outrow, outrun, outrunner, outrush, outré, outs, outsail

Origin of outrun

First recorded in 1520–30; out + run
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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

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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