American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To run faster than.
- v. To escape from: outrun one's creditors.
- v. To go beyond; exceed: "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence” ( Joseph Wood Krutch).
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.
- 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To exceed, or leave behind, in running; to run faster than; to outstrip; to go beyond.
- v. run faster than
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“They looked as if they had been outrun by the pace of change, in every area of their lives.”
“Auburn quarterback Cam Newton is fast -- but can he outrun a tiger?”
“Sample inscrutable lyric: "All the other kids with the pumped up kicks/You'd better run, better run, outrun my gun.”
“It was fast, but Doogs had seen people outrun robots before.”
“Kory Sheets, Purdue, 5-11, 208: Sheets is a lanky, slinky runner who is quick to the hole, patient and agile through traffic; he also has an extra gear to outrun a lot of defenders.”
“Terrorized by her springing and screaming pursuer, Braise tried in vain to outrun the chair monster, but the faster she ran from it, the faster it followed, menacing and angry in her tracks.”
“It may be argued that science and technology have already outrun our morality and we are on an inevitable path to extinction.”
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