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 While new apartment deliveries have slowed, the number coming online in the Houston area still outranked other large metros, including Chicago and Denver. R.a. Schuetz, Houston Chronicle, "Fewer apartments to come online in Houston this year," 4 Sep. 2019 But its influence outranks its size and the traditional faith of its leaders. Los Angeles Times, "San Diego synagogue shooting casts spotlight on rapidly growing Orthodox Jewish Chabad movement," 28 Apr. 2019 The son eventually outranked his father, rising to become the head of the Army, the service’s 36th chief of staff. Kevin Cullen, BostonGlobe.com, "For the general’s son, it really is a wonderful life," 29 Aug. 2019 As command module pilot, Collins was answerable to commander Neil Armstrong, but outranked lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "Apollo 11 Had 3 Men Aboard, But Only 2 Walked on the Moon. Here’s What it Was Like to Be the Third," 11 July 2019 His production in a limited stint outranks many of the team’s regulars including Brandon Crawford, Brandon Belt and Buster Posey. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Giants to make daily roster moves to aid lineup, pitching staff this week," 13 Aug. 2019 The bite-sized candies outranked M&M's, Snickers, and Reese's Cups, according to 11 years of sales data from CandyStore.com. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "25 Scary and Sweet Halloween Facts to Trick Your Friends," 11 July 2019 San Diego, in fact, is the only West Coast city to make the list of top 10 meeting destinations, easily outranking rival convention cities in California. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego still a popular destination for conventions but falls out of top 5," 16 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of outrank

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Sep 2019

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The first known use of outrank was in 1829

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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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