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 Charming, kind, and cheerful, she was equipped with a high-wattage smile — and those big, gorgeous eyes — that could outshine the famous twinkle of her more famous brother, this magazine’s founder. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 22 Aug. 2019 That being said, AMD’s firing on all cylinders recently and coming off the red-hot launch of both the butt-kicking Radeon RX 5700 series and 3rd-gen Ryzen CPUs that outshine Intel’s best processors. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "AMD CEO confirms high-end Radeon 'Navi' graphics cards are coming," 1 Aug. 2019 The shower will actually peak with the most number of meteors during the early morning hours of August 11, 12 and 13 -- which coincides with a bright moon that may outshine the Perseids. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Look up for the Perseid meteor shower before it peaks during the full moon," 29 July 2019 In a recent debate against his opponent, Binali Yildirim, a former AK prime minister, Mr Imamoglu did not land any big punches, but still outshone his rival. The Economist, "A re-election in Istanbul tests President Erdogan’s power," 21 June 2019 This is likely due to Thompson being the only young star in Hollywood whose charisma not only stands up to Hemsworth’s, but actually outshines the charming blond Aussie hunk. Katie Walsh, Twin Cities, "Tessa Thompson’s out-of-this-world charisma makes ‘Men in Black’ reboot work," 13 June 2019 Another essential that’s in the YouTube star’s kit no matter what: a complexion-boosting powder that instantly lights up her skin—and outshines even the best KiraKira filter. Vogue, "How to Get Next-Level Glowing Skin, According to a Top Makeup Artist," 21 Sep. 2018 Bryce Callahan often got outshined in the media by Eddie Jackson and Kyle Fuller, but his play in the CB slot seemed to be so important for the defense. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "Bears Q&A: Is the Week 1 kicker on the current roster? Which running back will get the most touches? What does Javon Wims need to do to make the roster?," 31 July 2019 Kingsbury joked that that didn't bode well for him personally, as no one could outshine the Heisman Trophy winner and would-be first overall pick. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "Carson Palmer on Cardinals' Ring of Honor: 'I don't think I quite grasp the magnitude'," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of outshine

1585, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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23 Oct 2019

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The first known use of outshine was in 1585

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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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