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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- + shine1 Unabridged
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  • You cannot imagine what a woman will do in order to get a new dress, in which to outshine her rival.

    Caught In The Net Emile Gaboriau
  • A wife should outshine her husband in nothing, not even in her dress.

  • They would build a Casino to outshine even the architectural miracles of Charles Garnier.

    Marse Henry (Vol. 2) Henry Watterson
  • You could outshine all the gilded youth I know, and hold your own with the best.

    A Pessimist Robert Timsol
  • She now expected to outshine her competitor, and desired that the chest should be unpacked in her presence.

  • He fills his place, and fills it well; and who knows but that he may yet outshine the skylark?

    Birds in the Bush Bradford Torrey
  • Then came the brotherly and quite natural desire to outshine Richard and put things out a little.

    Richard Vandermarck Miriam Coles Harris
  • He is equally fit for all parts, and in all parts calculated to outshine the rest.

  • They were very beautiful, and seemed to him to outshine all other jewellery in the room.

    The Eustace Diamonds Anthony Trollope
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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