out·​earn | \ ˌau̇t-ˈərn How to pronounce outearn (audio) \
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

Examples of outearn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More women outearn their husbands, which causes friction for millennial couples. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "A deadly day of tornadoes," 3 Mar. 2020 Today, BofA not only outearns Wells—which has been bedeviled by the fallout from its aggressive sales culture—but the former’s valuation is more than $100 billion higher, at $325 billion. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "How Bank of America’s CEO Brian Moynihan orchestrated one of the biggest comebacks in banking history," 28 Jan. 2020 The racial wage gap is smaller, for example, in state and local governments, and in some places more educated black workers outearn white ones. Bryce Covert, Longreads, "Downsizing the American Black Middle Class," 24 Sep. 2019 Separate research by Chetty and several collaborators shows that, while Americans born in 1940 had a 92 percent chance of outearning their parents, those born four decades later had just a 50/50 chance. BostonGlobe.com, "Miracle on the Mystic: Chelsea, Everett, and the New American Dream," 11 Oct. 2019 But, these days, Williams outearns her off the court, too. Gerald Marzorati, The New Yorker, "Serena Williams Routed Maria Sharapova Again, at the U.S. Open, and Looked Ready for More," 27 Aug. 2019 Moreover, college graduates outearn high-school grads — to the tune of seven figures over a lifetime — and for decades have seen stronger wage growth as well. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "Myths of Student-Loan Debt," 11 July 2019 Whatever their reason for taking up gig work, Boomers on Wonolo are outearning any other age group, with average monthly earnings in the Bay Area of $1,003 a month, according to that company’s analysis of the users on its platform. Leonardo Castañeda, The Mercury News, "Boomers, not millennials, may be the most active generation in the gig economy," 28 June 2019 Even as women have started to increasingly outearn their partners, the thought of a woman paying for her own ring still feels wildly taboo. Bethany Rutter, Glamour, "I Bought My Own Engagement Ring and I Couldn’t Be Happier," 8 Jan. 2019

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1918, in the meaning defined above

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“Outearn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outearn. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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