out·​earn ˌau̇t-ˈərn How to pronounce outearn (audio)
outearned; outearning; outearns

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 Some community college grads can outearn elite university peers June 21, 2023 Some Black and Latino students fear that axing affirmative action will decrease their numbers and make college life even more alienating. Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2023 Graduates of four-year universities still outearn their peers with only a high school degree and are less likely to face unemployment. Anne Flaherty, ABC News, 13 June 2023 This data all stems from the assumption that a powerful woman gets married at all; a census data analysis by researchers at the University of Chicago and the National University of Singapore in 2015 found that fewer people get married in the places where women commonly outearn men. Jane Thier, Fortune, 6 Apr. 2022 Marriages in which wives outearn their husbands are not only more common, but less likely to end in divorce than in the past. Julia Carpenter, wsj.com, 11 May 2023 Overall, college grads outearn people with only a high school diploma — but that's not the case for everyone, economists note. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 2 Mar. 2023 Some workers with majors correlated with higher pay could potentially outearn their classmates by hundreds of thousands of dollars in the two decades after graduation — an issue that may sway some students' decisions about their studies. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 2 Mar. 2023 Lorilyn Wilson, an accountant in Oregon, tries to break the mold by listing women first, especially women who outearn their husbands. Julie Zauzmer Weil, Washington Post, 6 May 2021 And one recent study actually found that women who outearn their husbands actually do more of the domestic work, not less. Megan Leonhardt, Fortune, 6 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of outearn was in 1918

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“Outearn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outearn. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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