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 Such supernovas can, for a brief time, outshine entire galaxies, but nearby, companion stars can survive the cataclysm, which explains why HR 6819 still exists. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "Astronomers Just Found a Black Hole Near Earth," 6 May 2020 Weather is slated to be reminiscent of summer this weekend, but the Georgia Department of Natural Resources reminded Georgians that the sunny skies don’t outshine the social distancing rules in place at Georgia beaches. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Georgia DNR sends reminder Friday about beach social distancing rules," 1 May 2020 Fifteen years ago, just before the global financial crisis, the bank easily outshone its Wall Street rivals—winning the most lucrative deals and making the most profitable trades. The Economist, "Goldman Sachs How the mighty Goldman has fallen," 30 Jan. 2020 The fact that Porter’s dynamic personality and charisma might even outshine his eye-catching looks is a feat in and of itself and speaks to why his sense of style has resonated with a wide range of fans. Time, "'You Must Wear the Clothes. The Clothes Must Not Wear You.' Let Billy Porter and His Stylist Explain the Story Behind His Buzzy Fashion Statements," 6 Jan. 2020 The looming destruction of his country by its colonizers ultimately renders Chungpa heroic, a young man whose resourcefulness outshines his arrogance. Ed Park, The New York Review of Books, "Like No One They’d Ever Seen," 8 Apr. 2020 In several ways, the Axiom II-X outshined the others in innovation. Joe Cermele, Outdoor Life, "Tackle Test: The Best New Fishing Rods and Reels for 2020, Ranked and Rated," 23 Mar. 2020 While Rhino did great on stage, he was outshined by his Group C cohorts and was sent to the bottom, joining Banana and White Tiger. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "Masked Singer recap: White Tiger finally gets eliminated, revealed to be Super Bowl champ," 2 Apr. 2020 But despite his excellent form, Williamson was outshone by the old-timer Tuesday. Ben Morse, CNN, "LeBron James calls Zion Williamson 'special' after pair's first clash," 26 Feb. 2020

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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 5 Jul. 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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