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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
First recorded in 1590-1600; out- + shine1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Among the guests was the renowned Dyveke, who outshone all in beauty.

  • If she ever outshone herself, and surpassed her own surpassing powers, it was to-night.

    Eventide Effie Afton
  • Among the distinguished Athenians of the day, only Phocion's outshone it.

  • Only the planets and the larger ones, the myriad of small ones were outshone.

    A Little Girl in Old Quebec Amanda Millie Douglas
  • The dancers, however, outshone them all in the gayness of their costume.

    Mark Seaworth William H.G. Kingston
  • I said, just now, he might be at once outshone by a brickbat.

    Love's Meinie John Ruskin
  • Herein Lord Curryfin outshone all the other young men in the circle.

    Gryll Grange Thomas Love Peacock
  • But presently the Emperor came along and he outshone them all.

    The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for outshone


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 outshone



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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