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[out-shahyn] /ˌaʊtˈʃaɪn/
verb (used with object), outshone or outshined, outshining.
to surpass in shining; shine more brightly than.
to surpass in splendor, ability, achievement, excellence, etc.:
a product that outshone all competitors; to outshine one's classmates.
verb (used without object), outshone or outshined, outshining.
to shine out or forth:
a small light outshining in the darkness.
Origin of outshine
1590-1600; out- + shine Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The blasts are so powerful that the supernovae outshine their entire host galaxies for a few days.
  • But the thrill of discovery and the utmost feeling of freedom in this still wild land generally outshine the difficulties.
  • These disks, called active galactic nuclei, can outshine the rest of the host galaxy.
  • But while it's overhead, the space station will outshine everything in the evening sky except the moon.
  • US skating legends still outshine current stars.
  • But since they are bright in the visible part of the spectrum they outshine the darker stars of the disk.
  • Instead of supernovae, they found gamma-ray bursts, which for a few seconds can outshine the rest of the sky at these energies.
  • The successful leaders and managers around you outshine others because of their stellar people skills.
  • We have outstanding freebies and discounts to outshine them all.
  • People have gifts and capacities that outshine our labels.
British Dictionary definitions for outshine


verb -shines, -shining, -shone
(transitive) to shine more brightly than
(transitive) to surpass in excellence, beauty, wit, etc
(intransitive) (rare) to emit light
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Word Origin and History for outshine

1590s, from out (adv.) + shine (v.). Perhaps coined by Spenser. Figurative sense of "to surpass in splendor or excellence" is from 1610s. Related: Outshone; outshining.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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