out·​earn | \ˌau̇t-ˈərn \
outearned; outearning; outearns

Definition of outearn 

transitive verb

: to earn more money or a higher income than Inevitably, more of them will outearn their husbands.— Kim Clark

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Kanye West is a hugely successful rapper, designer, and producer, but Kim still outearns him. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Here’s How Much Every Member of the Kardashian-Jenner Family Is Worth," 11 July 2018 When numbers were controlled for education, Pew Research reports that white males outearned every group of men except Asian men, and white women make more money per hour than every group of women except Asian women. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Oppression of White America," 22 June 2018 But the study finds that in communities in which most families are affluent and white, and in which adult men far outearn women in income, girls continue to lag behind their male peers in math achievement. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "Why Are Rich, White Girls Struggling in Math?," 18 June 2018 Especially when research shows that among box office hits, movies about women outearn movies about men. Nina Metz, chicagotribune.com, "Hollywood, black actresses and the squishy metrics of who gets paid what," 8 Mar. 2018 His research suggests that doing so in order to boost a child’s chances to outearn their parents is unlikely to be successful. Rachel M. Cohen, The Atlantic, "Education Isn't the Key to a Good Income," 26 Sep. 2017 The Premium Rewards card can outearn a card like the Chase Sapphire Reserve, but is limited in its redemptions. Ryan Craggs, CNT, "A Look at Bank of America's New Premium Rewards Card," 11 Aug. 2017 For blacks, the American dream—defined as upward mobility and a better life than our parents’ generation—has a caveat: Don’t outshine, outearn or outperform whites. C. Nicole Mason, The Root, "I Am Your Uppity Negro," 1 July 2017 In an unusual reversal of the gender pay gap, female chief executives at some of the largest U.S. companies repeatedly outearn their male counterparts. Joann S. Lublin, WSJ, "Though Outnumbered, Female CEOs Earn More Than Male Chiefs," 31 May 2017

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1918, in the meaning defined above

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