- 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.
Origin of outstrip
Examples from the Web for outstripping
Outstripping the ironieteken, the temherte slaq, and their kin by far is the most remarked and reviled irony mark to date.The Rise and Fall of the Infamous SarcMark
September 24, 2013
But Godwin, outstripping them, declared there should be none whatsoever.Mary Wollstonecraft
Elizabeth Robins Pennell
The two pairs of girls were intent only on outstripping each other.Madge Morton's Secret
Amy D. V. Chalmers
A hunter, outstripping the King's retinue, came first to seize the prey.
"Or it is quite likely that we are outstripping them," added Reeves.Captured at Tripoli
Percy F. Westerman
The difficulty was that the boys' minds were outstripping it.Sube Cane
Edward Bellamy Partridge
- to surpass in a sphere of activity, competition, etc
- to be or grow greater than
- to go faster than and leave behind
Word Origin and History for outstripping
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.