Definition of outrun in English:



  • 1 Run or travel faster or further than.

    ‘their one chance was to outrun their pursuers’
    • ‘They crash a police blockade and outrun pursuers in a chase.’
    • ‘Silently moving from alley to well-known alley, Morgan eventually outran the sound of his pursuers.’
    • ‘They can outrun any man on land the first 20 yards.’
    • ‘A wily fox will outrun a pack of hounds, but never a bullet.’
    • ‘He accelerated, hoping to outrun his three remaining pursuers and buy him enough time to seek safe passage.’
    • ‘In the first film, The Bourne Identity, he outruns the police in an old Leyland Mini.’
    • ‘Everyone spurred their horses on to try to outrun their pursuer.’
    • ‘It couldn't outrun a pursuer, it couldn't kill it, and with the light armor it carried, it couldn't survive a good hit.’
    • ‘Sometimes the chase is inconclusive: the fox outsmarts or outruns its pursuers and gets away.’
    • ‘With ease the little creature outran his barking pursuer.’
    • ‘The Moroccan four-time world champion at the metric mile fell in the 1996 Olympic final in Atlanta and was outrun by Noah Ngeny of Kenya in one of the shocks of the Sydney Games.’
    • ‘His muscles began to give out as fatigue overcame him and he slowed, deciding to face his pursuers with little chance of outrunning them.’
    • ‘However, a defender cannot even hope to outrun a crisp pass.’
    • ‘Justin was gaining up quickly; she couldn't outrun him even if she tried.’
    • ‘Knowing that she would never be able to outrun her pursuer, the girl quickly stepped behind a tree and crouched down.’
    • ‘Otherwise, because of their speed, they risk outrunning the tide and encountering shallow water.’
    • ‘Then all four started running through the tunnel as Anthony, Mike, and Johnny took off in three different directions, trying to outrun their pursuers.’
    • ‘A three-legged dog is a funny thing, especially a three-legged dog outrunning a bus, and this one seems to know it.’
    • ‘Cows weigh the best part of a ton and can easily outrun the average person.’
    • ‘They were gaining on me, and even if I couldn't outrun them, I most definitely couldn't fight them all off.’
    run faster than, outstrip, outdistance, outpace, leave behind, get ahead of, get further ahead of, gain on, draw away from, overtake, pass, shake off, throw off, lose
    leave standing, walk away from
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    1. 1.1Escape from.
      ‘it's harder than anyone imagines to outrun destiny’
      • ‘Sethe, like so many continental and dislocated Africans, attempts to escape a past that cannot be outrun, a past that follows, taints, and tickles.’
      • ‘But the truth cannot be outrun or escaped; it must be survived.’
      escape from, evade, elude, dodge, avoid, give someone the slip, shake off, throw off, throw off the scent, duck, get rid of
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    2. 1.2Go beyond or exceed.
      ‘his courage outran his prudence’
      • ‘They are outclassed and outrun by trends in the world economy that are beyond the ability of the political class to control or direct.’
      • ‘Events can always outrun expectations, of course, and publishers were ready for another Florida-style debacle of recounts and lawsuits.’
      • ‘You know how fast the human mind thinks, and a young mind quickly outruns any resolve.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He has thoroughly debunked the widespread assertion that population is outrunning the world's capacity to feed it, either in aggregate or in specific regions.’