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 Numbers show that, generation by generation, people are becoming less and less likely to outearn their parents. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, 16 June 2021 Over 64% of mothers are co- or primary breadwinners, defined as married or unmarried women who either outearn their partners or bring home at least a quarter of the household's income through their wages. Lisa Selin Davis, CNN, 1 Dec. 2020 By way of comparison, bachelor’s-degree holders outearn high-school grads by something like a million dollars over the course of their lives. The Editors, National Review, 19 Nov. 2020 More women outearn their husbands, which causes friction for millennial couples. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, 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, 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, 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, 11 Oct. 2019 But, these days, Williams outearns her off the court, too. Gerald Marzorati, The New Yorker, 27 Aug. 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 16 Oct. 2021.

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