out·​rank | \ ˌau̇t-ˈraŋk How to pronounce outrank (audio) \
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.
Recent Examples on the Web On my visit to Nikko Saru Gundan, Tsuyoshi Oikawa, a trainer there for 20 years, told me that traditionally animal handlers used dominance to teach the monkeys that humans outranked them. National Geographic, "Circus-like performances by snow monkeys in Japan contradict their long-revered status," 8 Feb. 2020 The final decision came just after billionaire Michael Bloomberg, a newcomer to the race funded with $100 million of his own cash, outranked Harris in a Hill-HarrisX poll and had tied with her in a Morning Consult poll. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, "Kamala Harris Drops Out of 2020 Race in Time to Be Star of Impeachment Hearing," 3 Dec. 2019 Student advocates warn that the growing $1.6 trillion student debt crisis, which outranks credit card and auto loan debts, is having a serious effect on consumers' financial health and without reform, could be a larger drag on the U.S. economy. Erik Ortiz, NBC News, "Betsy DeVos, consumer watchdog agency are failing student loan borrowers, lawsuit says," 25 Nov. 2019 The lieutenant outranked Chief Gallagher but was younger and less experienced. New York Times, "Trump’s Intervention in SEALs Case Tests Pentagon’s Tolerance," 30 Nov. 2019 Student loan debt, at 36%, outranked even living paycheck to paycheck (26 and credit card debt (20%). Washington Post, "Millennial Money: Vanquish these 5 financial fears," 22 Oct. 2019 The Prius still outranks it for its mileage — 58/53/56 mpg on base models or 54/50/52 on more comfortable trim levels. Mark Maynard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Honda Insight hybrid: smart car with premium appeal," 29 Sep. 2019 If Georgia finishes with one loss, the Bulldogs almost certainly outrank Notre Dame, thanks to their win this past weekend. Tim Rohan, SI.com, "Mailbag: What Needs to Happen for Notre Dame to Make the Playoff?," 25 Sep. 2019 Only New Mexico, at 29.3%, outranked Arizona in rural child poverty. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Report: Arizona's rural students are struggling," 13 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of outrank

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Outrank.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outrank. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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