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[out-rangk] /ˌaʊtˈræŋk/
verb (used with object)
to have a higher rank than:
A major outranks a captain in the army.
Origin of outrank
1835-45, Americanism; out- + rank1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for outrank


verb (transitive)
to be of higher rank than
to take priority over
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for outrank

1829, from out (adv.) + rank. Related: Outranked; outranking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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