out·​rank | \ˌau̇t-ˈraŋk \
outranked; outranking; outranks

Definition of outrank 

transitive verb

1 : to rank higher than

2 : to exceed in importance

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Examples of outrank in a Sentence

A general outranks a colonel. The only topic to outrank the economy this week was the war.

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India outranked such countries as Syria and Afghanistan — second and third — that are currently at war. Annie Gowen, BostonGlobe.com, "Report ranks India as most dangerous country for women, reigniting a fierce debate," 27 June 2018 The two schools jockey to outrank each other in academics and prestigious scholar programs, too. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Which Arizona university is the best? It depends which rankings you value," 26 June 2018 No group of hitters has been so thoroughly outranked by its peers since the 2011 Mariners. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Not just bad but historically so — how the Royals can (eventually) laugh at 2018," 22 June 2018 The one event in the city's comeback story that outranks all that has gone before. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit train station is city's biggest comeback moment yet," 15 June 2018 Other cities like El Paso, Laredo, and College Station outranked Austin, which was No. 34 in the country. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "You’ll never guess what the most prosperous city in the U.S. is," 1 June 2018 Starbucks customers outrank Apple aficionados in the class of people who opt to pay with their smartphones instead of using a more traditional form of payment. Jennifer Van Grove, sandiegouniontribune.com, "For mobile pay users, Starbucks beats Apple, Google and Samsung," 22 May 2018 It was outranked only by Falls Church, Virginia, a county equivalent that posted a 5.2 percent growth in population in that same yearlong period. Peggy O’hare, San Antonio Express-News, "Comal ranks second among nation’s fastest-growing counties," 21 Mar. 2018 Shaq’s estate is one of several gigantic homes along Central Florida waterways that have drawn enough wealthy home buyers to outrank all but seven U.S. cities in recent surveys. Paul Brinkmann, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Shaquille O’Neal puts huge Isleworth mansion up for sale," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of outrank

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of outrank

: to have a higher rank or position than (someone)

: to be more important than (someone or something)

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