out·shine | \ˌau̇t-ˈshīn \
outshone\ˌau̇t-ˈshōn, 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

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That meant with one win against Costa Rica, Brazil had a chance to outshine both its South American rival and the author of its torment for the past four years. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Brazil Lives Up to Its Reputation, Tops Costa Rica at World Cup," 22 June 2018 Microsoft outshining Apple with a splashy announcement? Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet–Why Big League Sports Are Reaching for a Tech Connection," 7 June 2018 Both candidates have struggled to raise money, outshined by U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who is giving up his El Paso congressional seat for a high-energy bid to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. Washington Post, "Immigration doubts follow Texas Democratic governor hopefuls," 11 May 2018 Like the Chicago singer Jeremih, whose struggles with his label have often affected his output, Ty outshines other artists on their own records but can’t quite tap into that appeal on his own. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Ty Dolla $ign Isn’t Just a Feature Artist, He’s a Star," 2 July 2018 But follow-up infrared observations with NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope showed the source was far too bright to be a supernova, blazing with light that would outshine a typical small galaxy by several 100-fold. Lee Billings, Scientific American, "Giant Black Hole Swallows a Star and Belches Out a Superfast Particle Jet," 14 June 2018 Meghan Markle may be a Hollywood actress who captivated the younger Prince of Wales, but palace insiders are warning the American newcomer to not let her star power outshine the royal family. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Meghan Markle will struggle with royal life if she doesn't play by monarchy rules, warn palace insiders," 10 May 2018 The comedian brought out some of the team's pros to take a few shots, but Ferrell's bullseye might've outshone all of them. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Will Ferrell Tries Serenading Eva Longoria to Tears With 'My Heart Will Go On': Watch," 3 May 2018 If Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture outshine James Neal and Reilly Smith, then San Jose has a decent chance to end one of the strongest storylines of the season. Tyler Horka, SI.com, "Stanley Cup Playoffs Roundup: Explosive Third Period Lifts Bruins Past Maple Leafs, on to Round 2," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of outshine

1585, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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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 \
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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