out·​shine ˌau̇t-ˈshīn How to pronounce outshine (audio)
outshone ˌau̇t-ˈshōn How to pronounce outshine (audio)
 especially British  -ˈshän
or outshined; outshining

transitive verb

: to shine brighter than
: to excel in splendor or showiness
: outdo, surpass
outshone most of the other films in qualityKathleen 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 dirt bike quickly outshone his bicycle at home. Hayleigh Evans, The Arizona Republic, 9 May 2024 Supernovae occur when a dying star erupts in a release of energy that can briefly outshine galaxies. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for outshine 

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Word History

First Known Use

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outshine. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


out·​shine (ˈ)au̇t-ˈshīn How to pronounce outshine (audio)
outshone -ˈshōn How to pronounce outshine (audio) ; outshining
: to shine brighter than

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