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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
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45; out- + rank1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The counting-house was coming to outrank the editorial room in their management.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
  • In this one respect—I dare not say in any other—we outrank our brothers.

  • Wells, who is colonel of regulars, claims to outrank Lewis, and demands to be posted on the right.

    Sustained honor John R. Musick,
  • He's supposed to outrank a Space Patrol General—and he's amused by the situation he's here to remedy.

  • To outrank these exalted personages was not beyond inquisitorial ambition.

  • Many of these now outrank the parent in the regions and for the purposes for which Taylor is grown.

    The Grapes of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • He will do less at first, but he promises to outrank the other man after a period of further training.

  • This explains why the world is so filled with fanatics and schismatics, and why every man would master and outrank all others.

    Epistle Sermons, Vol. II Martin Luther
  • Septmoncel is the leader of these, made in the Jura mountains and considered by many French caseophiles to outrank Roquefort.

    The Complete Book of Cheese Robert Carlton Brown
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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