out·​shine | \ ˌau̇t-ˈshīn How to pronounce outshine (audio) \
outshone\ ˌau̇t-​ˈshōn How to pronounce outshine (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 But Jefferson will also have to outshine Colorado running back Jarek Broussard, who has 733 yards through four games. oregonlive, "More running from Chance Nolan? How’s that ‘bench Tristan Gebbia crowd’ feeling? Beavers in a bowl? Oregon State mailbag," 8 Dec. 2020 Le’Veon Moss rushed for 265 yards and five touchdowns to outshine a 209-yard, three-touchdown performance by Pearl River’s Brian Jenkins in a 47-31 victory for host Istrouma. Advocate Staff Reports, NOLA.com, "Class 4A: Pearl River, Lakeshore and Salmen all fall on road," 28 Nov. 2020 Can Las Vegas’ Gateway Arches outshine the Welcome to Las Vegas sign? Rachel Schnalzer, Los Angeles Times, "Thankful for the beauty of Southern California? Here are ways to enjoy it safely," 26 Nov. 2020 Designed by Dallas' HKS, the new condo tower doesn’t try to outshine its neighbors. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Sleek new Arts District tower is downtown Dallas’ latest address for high-rise living," 23 Oct. 2020 However, after seeing his brother’s physical preparation and mental approach to the season, Sirad said Bryant has the ability to make a play that will outshine that one. Giana Han, al, "Big Kat Bryant’s outgrown ‘Kitty Kat’ nickname, truly the ‘Big Kat’ on the field," 27 Aug. 2020 Realmuto’s eight home runs and .960 OPS outshine any major league catcher, and his adjusted OPS of 152 is 41 points above his career mark. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "MLB's half-season All-Stars: The NL and AL's greatest hits at the 30-game mark," 25 Aug. 2020 Senator Kamala Harris is a fifty-five-year-old woman whose debating and cross-examining skills outshine his. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "Do V.P. Picks Matter?," 16 Aug. 2020 The Sturgeon Moon will still be about 47 percent illuminated in the sky, but according to EarthSky’s Bruce McClure and Deborah Byrd, the Perseids are bright enough to outshine the moon. Courtney Sexton, Smithsonian Magazine, "Perseid Meteor Shower Reaches Peak Starting Tonight," 10 Aug. 2020

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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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15 Dec 2020

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“Outshine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outshine. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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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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