Definition of outrun in English:

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verb (outruns, outrunning; past outran; past participle outrun)

Pronunciation: /aʊtˈrʌn/
[with object]
1Run or travel faster or further than: their one chance was to outrun their pursuers
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  • Sometimes the chase is inconclusive: the fox outsmarts or outruns its pursuers and gets away.
  • With ease the little creature outran his barking pursuer.
  • His muscles began to give out as fatigue overcame him and he slowed, deciding to face his pursuers with little chance of outrunning them.
run faster than, outstrip, outdistance, outpace, leave behind, get (further) ahead of, gain on, draw away from, overtake, pass, shake off, throw off, lose, put distance between oneself and one's pursuer(s), widen the gap between oneself and one's pursuer(s)
informal leave standing, walk away from
1.1Escape from: it’s harder than anyone imagines to outrun destiny
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  • But the truth cannot be outrun or escaped; it must be survived.
  • Sethe, like so many continental and dislocated Africans, attempts to escape a past that cannot be outrun, a past that follows, taints, and tickles.
1.2Go beyond or exceed: his courage outran his prudence
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  • They are outclassed and outrun by trends in the world economy that are beyond the ability of the political class to control or direct.
  • And a genuine squeeze on the middle class is under way, in which higher prices for many key goods and services are outrunning rising wages and income.
  • You know how fast the human mind thinks, and a young mind quickly outruns any resolve.

Words that rhyme with outrun

begun, bun, done, Donne, dun, fine-spun, forerun, fun, gun, Gunn, hon, Hun, none, nun, one, one-to-one, outdone, outgun, plus-one, pun, run, shun, son, spun, stun, sun, ton, tonne, tun, underdone, Verdun, won

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