-·ran′, -·run′, -·run′ning
- to run faster, farther, or better than
- to exceed
- to escape (a pursuer) by or as by running
transitive verbout·ran , out·run, out·run·ning, out·runs
- a. To run faster than.b. To escape from: outrun one's creditors.
- To go beyond; exceed: “Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence” (Joseph Wood Krutch).
(third-person singular simple present outruns, present participle outrunning, simple past outran, past participle outrun)