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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But its early-stage investment team hasn’t kept pace, and rival firms have outshined Kleiner with early bets on companies like Snap and Whatsapp. Tomio Geron, WSJ, "Venture-Capital Firm Kleiner Perkins Plans to Split," 14 Sep. 2018 Through this series — which is all that matters, really — Holtby has outshone Fleury, saving a greater percentage of shots (.915 to .875) on the strength of a shutout streak across two games that lasted 65 minutes 42 seconds. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "The Capitals Purge Their Past, One Win at a Time," 3 June 2018 But not anymore; rosé is all the rage this summer, somehow managing to outshine every other wine varietal out there. Marlisse Cepeda, Woman's Day, "Here's Why Everyone Is Suddenly So Obsessed With Rosé Wine," 30 June 2016 Even in very recent times, AO 2017 was legendary on the men's side, but for the next four Slams the women's tournament far outshone the men's. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: Grass Court Season, Equal Pay and the Fed-Rafa Documentary," 20 June 2018 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

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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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