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from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To run faster than.
  • transitive v. To escape from: outrun one's creditors.
  • transitive v. To go beyond; exceed: "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligenceā€ ( Joseph Wood Krutch).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To run faster than the others.
  • v. To exceed or overextend.
  • n. The sheepdog's initial run towards the sheep, done in a curving motion so as not to startle them.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To exceed, or leave behind, in running; to run faster than; to outstrip; to go beyond.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To run past or beyond; run further or more swiftly than; overcome in running or racing; leave behind, as by superior speed; hence, to surpass in competition; outrival; get the better of.
  • To run so as to escape; escape by or as by running; hence, to elude.
  • To pass beyond the bounds of; exceed: as, to allow zeal to outrun discretion.
  • To run out.
  • n. An outlying pasture or run for cattle or sheep.
  • n. The result of a calculation; amount or outcome of an estimate.
  • n. That which runs out; outpour.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. run faster than

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    August 1, 2008