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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Singapore and the two mainland ports of Shenzhen and Ningbo also outrank Hong Kong in terms of volume. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, "Hong Kong Port Alliance Challenged by Cargo Owners," 13 Jan. 2019 The combined total outranked the research hub in North Carolina, which received 189 patents between its three universities. Marco Santana, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Study: UCF researchers ranked 69th in U.S. patents landed last year," 5 June 2018 The implication is that these people couldn’t imagine an Asian family having money or outranking them in the social hierarchy. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Crazy Rich Asians’ crazy rich success could mean more stories about less crazy rich Asian-American people.," 21 Dec. 2018 The only person who outranked Himmler in the Nazi hierarchy was Hitler himself. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Gudrun Burwitz, ever-loyal daughter of Nazi mastermind Heinrich Himmler, dies at 88," 30 June 2018 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

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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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