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 The other airports that usually outrank DFW — Los Angeles International and Chicago O’Hare — both saw passenger traffic drop by about two-thirds in 2020. Dallas News, "2020 was the worst year for DFW Airport travel since Ronald Reagan was president," 11 Feb. 2021 The two Republicans who outrank her, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, have generally remained supportive of Trump. Will Weissert, Star Tribune, "Impeachment could become defining moment for Liz Cheney," 13 Jan. 2021 And in an April study in Science, researchers suggested much of the western United States is on the brink of a prolonged megadrought that could outrank anything in more than 1000 years. Roland Pease, Science | AAAS, "Dust Bowl 2.0? Rising Great Plains dust levels stir concerns," 20 Oct. 2020 Under American protocol, an ambassador outranks a military commander in a foreign country. Lara Jakes, New York Times, "As U.S. Troops Leave Afghanistan, Diplomats Are Left to Fill Uncertain Mission," 22 Mar. 2020 Somewhere along the way, Bertie rose to marquess status, so Edith technically outranks her family. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, "Need a ‘Downton Abbey’ refresher? Here’s where all of the major characters left off.," 20 Sep. 2019 Officials also pointed to a recent City Lab analysis that found the District outranks all other cities in the country for black women’s economic prospects. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "The District’s economy is booming, but many black Washingtonians have been left out, study finds," 11 Feb. 2020 But in person, Falco comes across as a big softy whose human and fur family — her son, Anderson, 15, daughter, Macy, 11, and two rescue dogs — outranks her Emmy-heavy career. Kathryn Shattuck, New York Times, "Edie Falco Can’t Quit CNN, but Jazz and a Dog Park Keep Her Sane," 5 Feb. 2020 VoteCast found that measure outranked others as the most important quality for a nominee. Thomas Beaumont, Fortune, "Democratic candidates claim victory as Iowa continues its delayed caucus count," 4 Feb. 2020

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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 22 Apr. 2021.

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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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