out·​rank ˌau̇t-ˈraŋk How to pronounce outrank (audio)
outranked; outranking; outranks

transitive verb

: to rank higher than
: to exceed in importance

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 It’s been a successful run: Billboard reported Friday that the group took the No. 1 spot on its November Boxscore report, stating that RBD’s tour grossed $71.1 million and sold 734,000 tickets last month, outranking the likes of Coldplay, Pink, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Madonna. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 22 Dec. 2023 However, Swiss authorities ordered the write-off of $17 billion in Credit Suisse’s AT1 as part of its rescue package in March, an unusual move as debt holders typically outrank stockholders in a restructuring. Ed Frankl, WSJ, 9 Nov. 2023 Top 10 on this year’s list: 1-Coca-Cola 2-J.M. Smucker 3-W.W. Grainger 4-PNC Financial 5-ServiceNow 6-Meta Platforms 7-Capital One 8-Bank of America 9-Costco 10-Intuit A few other interesting tidbits: Amazon (#27) outranked Walmart (#77), which surprised me. Alan Murray, Fortune, 4 Dec. 2023 Although paradoxical that White supremacists would be supportive of an Islamic terrorist group, Decker says the White supremacists’ hatred of Jewish people outranks all else. Donie O'Sullivan, CNN, 14 Nov. 2023 Kate is still outranked by the sovereign's granddaughters, nieces and cousins when not accompanied by William. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 14 Aug. 2023 The prize outranks the $1.08 billion Powerball jackpot won in California on July 19. Nadine El-Bawab, ABC News, 7 Oct. 2023 The title of duke is a position of nobility below grand dukes and sovereign princes, but outranking titles like earl and baron. Jacob Linden, ELLE, 15 June 2023 Its cyclic winning structure ensures that no choice uniquely outranks any other. Jack Murtagh, Scientific American, 19 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of outrank was in 1829

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“Outrank.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outrank. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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out·​rank (ˈ)au̇t-ˈraŋk How to pronounce outrank (audio)
: to rank higher or be more important than
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