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

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 Sturgeon moon may outshine another major celestial event: the Perseids meteor shower. Christopher Brito, CBS News, 12 Aug. 2022 Either type of supernova can be so bright as to briefly outshine an entire galaxy. Dan Falk, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Aug. 2022 No matter how loud his wardrobe is, the clothes never outshine him but rather, complement him. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 30 June 2022 Though its newer competitors outshine the RC350 F Sport in several objective measures, the Lexus is not without its charms. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 3 Mar. 2022 Outdoor companies have been on fire lately, not only with scorching revenue and income growth but also on Wall Street, where their stocks routinely outshine the rest of the economy. Eric Smith, Outside Online, 6 Aug. 2021 The women in the book outshine the men, and the men seem unable to survive them. New York Times, 15 May 2022 How can a two-time regular season MVP let other teammates outshine him on the big stage? Jerry Brewer, Anchorage Daily News, 18 June 2022 This is the best of humanity to outshine the worst. Antonia Hitchens, The New Yorker, 13 June 2022 See More

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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 1 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for outshine


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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