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verb, out·shine \ˌau̇t-ˈshīn\

Simple Definition of outshine

  • : to do better than (someone or something) : to earn more respect or attention than (someone or something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of outshine

outshoneplay \-ˈshōn, especially British -ˈshän\ or outshinedoutshining

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to shine brighter than b :  to excel in splendor or showiness

  3. 2 :  outdo, surpass <outshone most of the other films in quality — Kathleen Karr>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to shine out

Examples of outshine in a sentence

  1. She outshines all the other actors in the film.

  2. <the trumpeter outshines all of his fellow band members>


First Known Use of outshine


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OUTSHINE Defined for Kids


verb out·shine \au̇t-ˈshīn\

Definition of outshine for Students

outshone \-ˈshōn\outshining

  1. 1 :  to shine brighter than

  2. 2 :  to do better than :  outdo <We outshone our competition.>

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to dishevel or rumple

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