Definition of outrun in English:


verboutran, outrunning, outruns

[with object]
  • 1Run or travel faster or further than.

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