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 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 June could notch a 200 score in bowling and could probably outshine him in baseball, back in the day. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "‘Mr. Sussex’ Fred Keller and ‘wife June’ look back on a lifetime of memories and 65 years of marriage," 12 Feb. 2020 It was built to outshine the Roxy Theater, which was across Sixth Avenue. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Rockefeller Center’s Art Deco Marvel: A Virtual Tour," 15 Apr. 2020 More cynically, who would want to give a deputy the chance to outshine the boss? The Economist, "Troubling symptoms The perils of politics in a pandemic," 13 Apr. 2020 In the category of watershed press conferences delivered by the half-century's transcendent athletes, Woods outshined LeBron with the right dash of earnestness and charm. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: Tiger Woods greets the world at Brown Deer Park," 6 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of outshine

1585, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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21 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Outshine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outshine. Accessed 3 Jun. 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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