• IPA: /ˈaʊtɹʌn/

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

  1. (transitive) To run faster than.
    Can a tiger outrun a lion?
  2. (transitive) To exceed or overextend.
    • 1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Modern Library Edition (1995), page 164
      They will take care not to outrun their income. They will never be distressed for money.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 28
      […] as I levelled my glance towards the taffrail, foreboding shivers ran over me. Reality outran apprehension; Captain Ahab stood upon his quarter-deck.
Translations Translations
  • French: dépasser
  • Russian: превосходи́ть

outrun (plural outruns)

  1. (sheepdog trials) The sheepdog's initial run towards the sheep, done in a curving motion so as not to startle them.

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