[ out-strip ]
/ ˌaʊtˈstrɪp /

verb (used with object), out·stripped, out·strip·ping.

to outdo; surpass; excel.
to outdo or pass in running or swift travel: A car can outstrip the local train.
to get ahead of or leave behind in a race or in any course of competition.
to exceed: a demand that outstrips the supply.

Nearby words

  1. outstare,
  2. outstation,
  3. outstay,
  4. outstretch,
  5. outstretched,
  6. outstroke,
  7. outsung,
  8. outswear,
  9. outswing,
  10. outswinger

Origin of outstrip

First recorded in 1570–80; out- + strip1

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/ (ˌaʊtˈstrɪp) /

verb -strips, -stripping or -stripped (tr)

to surpass in a sphere of activity, competition, etc
to be or grow greater than
to go faster than and leave behind
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Word Origin and History for outstrip



1570s, "to pass in running," from out + Middle English strip "move quickly," of unknown origin. Figurative sense of "to excel or surpass in anything" is from 1590s. Related: Outstripped; outstripping.

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