Definition of outrun in English:



  • 1Run 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.’
    • ‘Everyone spurred their horses on to try to outrun their pursuer.’
    • ‘They were gaining on me, and even if I couldn't outrun them, I most definitely couldn't fight them all off.’
    • ‘Knowing that she would never be able to outrun her pursuer, the girl quickly stepped behind a tree and crouched down.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He accelerated, hoping to outrun his three remaining pursuers and buy him enough time to seek safe passage.’
    • ‘Cows weigh the best part of a ton and can easily outrun the average person.’
    • ‘They can outrun any man on land the first 20 yards.’
    • ‘Justin was gaining up quickly; she couldn't outrun him even if she tried.’
    • ‘His muscles began to give out as fatigue overcame him and he slowed, deciding to face his pursuers with little chance of outrunning them.’
    • ‘Otherwise, because of their speed, they risk outrunning the tide and encountering shallow water.’
    • ‘A three-legged dog is a funny thing, especially a three-legged dog outrunning a bus, and this one seems to know it.’
    • ‘Then all four started running through the tunnel as Anthony, Mike, and Johnny took off in three different directions, trying to outrun their pursuers.’
    • ‘Sometimes the chase is inconclusive: the fox outsmarts or outruns its pursuers and gets away.’
    • ‘Silently moving from alley to well-known alley, Morgan eventually outran the sound of his pursuers.’
    • ‘A wily fox will outrun a pack of hounds, but never a bullet.’
    • ‘With ease the little creature outran his barking pursuer.’
    • ‘However, a defender cannot even hope to outrun a crisp pass.’
    • ‘In the first film, The Bourne Identity, he outruns the police in an old Leyland Mini.’
    • ‘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.’
    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, put distance between oneself and one's pursuer, put distance between oneself and one's pursuers, widen the gap between oneself and one's pursuer, widen the gap between oneself and one's pursuers
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    1. 1.1 Escape from.
      ‘it's harder than anyone imagines to outrun destiny’
      • ‘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.’
      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. 1.2 Go 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.’
      • ‘You know how fast the human mind thinks, and a young mind quickly outruns any resolve.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Events can always outrun expectations, of course, and publishers were ready for another Florida-style debacle of recounts and lawsuits.’