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Definition of "outstay" []

  • To stay longer than (another or others); overstay: guests who outstayed their welcome. (verb-transitive)
  • To show greater endurance than: She outstayed her opponents and won the race. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "outstay" in a sentence
  • "Madrid has also adopted an indulgent line toward the tens of thousands of East Europeans who "outstay" their tourist visas to work in the country's fields, factories and restaurants."
  • "The opening act, a conversation piece, always tends to outstay its welcome, and Peter Selwyn, conducting, might have helped the fine cast and orchestra by quickening the tempi."
  • "I suppose Paul has always said that Kauto will outstay the other one, but he's a wonderful jumper, Master Minded, and if he gets his jumping right …In view of their shared ownership, it is a pity that the pair don't seem to get along."