out·​shine | \ ˌau̇t-ˈshīn How to pronounce outshine (audio) \
outshone\ ˌau̇t-​ˈshōn How to pronounce outshine (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 The Lakers failed to take advantage of Paul’s injury and allowed Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton — two young guns playing in their first playoff game — to outshine both James and Davis. Dj Siddiqi, Forbes, 24 May 2021 Pinault’s ambition is to complement the other cultural landmarks around his namesake museum, not outshine them. James Mcauley, Town & Country, 18 May 2021 Great songs, beloved albums, groundbreaking styles — all have resulted from musicians’ drive to outshine their colleagues. New York Times, 22 Apr. 2021 In fact, women actually might outshine men in tasting. Carey Sweet, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 Mar. 2021 Such fireworks, which can outshine galaxies a thousandfold, can be seen across the universe; when first observed in the early 1960s, they were called quasars. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2021 This is a laptop that can easily outshine even the fanciest MacBooks. Tj Donegan, USA TODAY, 1 Dec. 2020 McQuirter is a fan of Cajun seasoning and says lemon, lime and olive oil won’t outshine or be outshined by asparagus. Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2021 Amid this, industrial is having its moment to outshine classic CRE focus and investment dollars. Ryan Botwinick, Forbes, 10 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of outshine

1585, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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“Outshine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outshine. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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