out·​shine | \ ˌau̇t-ˈshīn How to pronounce outshine (audio) \
outshone\ ˌau̇t-​ˈshōn How to pronounce outshone (audio) , especially British  -​ˈshän \ or outshined; outshining

Definition of outshine

transitive verb

1a : to shine brighter than
b : to excel in splendor or showiness
2 : outdo, surpass outshone most of the other films in quality— Kathleen Karr

intransitive verb

: to shine out

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Examples of outshine in a Sentence

She outshines all the other actors in the film. the trumpeter outshines all of his fellow band members
Recent Examples on the Web While other gulf states tried to outshine one another with malls and theme parks, Oman concentrated on cultural firsts for the region. Washington Post, "Sultan Qaboos, who transformed Oman into a regional powerbroker, dies at 79," 11 Jan. 2020 Flannery — who again outshined Spicer during the dance-off — got the boot this time. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, "'DWTS’ recap: Spicer, our long national nightmare, continues on; but Kel Mitchell shines," 4 Nov. 2019 Jackson was the best player on the field, outshining Seattle QB Russell Wilson on a day the Seahawks star finally made his first critical mistake of the season. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Jackson’s legs, Ravens defense roll past Seahawks 30-16," 20 Oct. 2019 DuckTales The other great animated reboot of this decade, DuckTales brought Disney’s Duck Family into the 21st century with enough ambition and talent for reinvention to outshine the original series. Christian Holub, EW.com, "The best animated shows (and episodes) of the decade," 19 Dec. 2019 Cyber Monday sales are poised to outshine 2018’s record by 19%. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Online sales break Black Friday record as clicks beat queues," 1 Dec. 2019 Seminole junior quarterback Timmy McClain passed for 169 yards and three TDs to outshine Mandarin star quarterback Carson Beck, a Georgia commit who passed for 185 yards and one TD. Jeff Gardenour, orlandosentinel.com, "Seminole defeats defending Class 8A state champ Jacksonville Mandarin," 8 Nov. 2019 The performance of Call of Duty Mobile outshines that of Nintendo's Mario Kart Tour, which launched Sept. 25 and accrued 90 million downloads in its first week. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Call of Duty Mobile' Breaks Records With 100M Installs in First Week," 8 Oct. 2019 His cooking outshone that of some of the city’s more famous chefs, who whip their ingredients harder with far less payoff. New York Times, "A Stand-Up Example of Sit-Down Pizza," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of outshine

1585, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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The first known use of outshine was in 1585

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16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Outshine.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outshine. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of outshine

: to do better than (someone or something) : to earn more respect or attention than (someone or something)


out·​shine | \ au̇t-ˈshīn How to pronounce outshine (audio) \
outshone\ -​ˈshōn \; outshining

Kids Definition of outshine

1 : to shine brighter than
2 : to do better than : outdo We outshone our competition.

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