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.

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At the time of the experiment’s publication in 2014, the cross-chiral ribozyme outranked its competitors in flexibility. Quanta Magazine, "A New Step in Re-Creating First Life on Earth," 25 Aug. 2016 In a report Thursday, Michael Nathanson of MoffettNathanson noted that this made the Internet giant the largest spender in the S&P 500, even outranking asset-heavy businesses like oil giant Exxon Mobil. ... Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Data Really Is the New Oil," 9 Mar. 2019 With market values of between $185 billion and $283 billion, according to Thomson Reuters, they are only outranked by JPMorgan Chase , Bank of America and Wells Fargo . Mike Bird, WSJ, "Chinese Megalenders Weather Beijing’s Credit Crunch," 29 Aug. 2018 Wei is outranked by President Xi Jinping, who is also chairman of the Central Military Commission, and two vice chairmen, but will be the main interface between China’s 2 million-member armed forces and the rest of the world’s militaries. Washington Post, "China names former missile force commander defense minister," 19 Mar. 2018 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

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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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to take the place or position of

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