outshine

verb
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

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There are very few cases in the exhibition, however, where the female partner eventually outshines her male counterpart, as with Kahlo and Rivera. Tobias Grey, WSJ, "Two by Two," 14 Sep. 2018 Esther's career quickly takes off from there, and her stardom ultimately begins to outshine John's — which, in turn, leads to his untimely demise. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "What Is 'A Star Is Born' Really About? Here's a Look at All 4 Versions of the Movie," 24 Feb. 2019 The most violent explosions known, supernovas can briefly outshine the rest of a galaxy. Yvette Cendes, Discover Magazine, "Searching For Tonight’s Supernova," 17 Aug. 2018 Bright outdoor lights can outshine fireflies’ tiny lanterns, interfering with mating behavior, so lend fireflies a hand by flipping off the switch at night. Rebecca Straus, Good Housekeeping, "5 Ways to Attract Fireflies to Your Yard," 19 July 2018 Here, the new car handily outshines the older machine, shaving two-tenths of a second from the time needed to hit 100km/h (62mph). Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "This video shows just how much quicker the new Formula E car is," 15 Nov. 2018 But in this case, reality outshone the artist’s vision. Adrian Higgins, The Seattle Times, "Scientists thought they had created the perfect tree. But it became a nightmare.," 17 Sep. 2018 There’s a number of reasons why the Apple Watch is outshining the iPhone these days. Nick Statt, The Verge, "The Apple Watch stole the show from this year’s new iPhones," 15 Sep. 2018 But frankly, the performances outshined all the seating arrangement drama. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "VMAs 2018: Watch all the Performances from Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Nicki Minaj, and More," 21 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of outshine

1585, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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The first known use of outshine was in 1585

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outshine

verb

English Language Learners Definition of outshine

: to do better than (someone or something) : to earn more respect or attention than (someone or something)

outshine

verb
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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