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

  • transitive v. To outrun, especially in a long-distance race.
  • transitive v. To surpass by a wide margin, especially through superior skill or endurance: a sales force that outdistanced its competitors in volume sold.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To run further or faster than another, or to finish a race with a large margin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In horse-racing, to distance.
  • Hence To excel or leave far behind in any competition or career.

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

  • v. go far ahead of


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  • Fortunately, they were finally able to sufficiently outdistance their pursuers.

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  • Finally, we'll not dwell either on the fact that no other book by Metalious will ever again be read by anyone, while the body of work by both Faulkner and Calvino (especially Faulkner) surely reaches greatly more readers than Peyton Place, and in the true long term will only outdistance Metalious by even greater numbers.

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  • The story promotes an underdog mentality within Fox that it is not a respected part of the mainstream media, even as the network's ratings far outdistance its rivals.

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  • China — as we can see with increasing clarity — is destined to become the world's largest economy and is likely in time to far outdistance the U.S.

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  • Desperately, Helberg skied downhill as fast as he could, using every trick he knew to outdistance his implacable adversary.

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  • Increasingly sophisticated statistics suggest that some “stars” have reputations that way outdistance their true value to their teams.

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  • After all, in this 24 hour news cycle society, immediate gratification trumps sustainability; short-term results outdistance long-term thinking; and winning the battle is more important than winning the war.

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  • She pretended not to hear him and raced across the courtyard, thinking she could easily outdistance him.

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  • Frontier people did possess some finely bred horses, but most of them were too fragile to be ridden over many miles of hard terrain.13 Over short distances, it was impossible for any white horseman to outdistance a Comanche mustang.


  • Coffee raced 78 yards up the middle, going virtually untouched and managing to just outdistance Kentucky's pursuing defenders.


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