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
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Contemporary Examples of outrank

  • So you outrank us on that standard, and we pay appropriate homage.

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    September 15, 2009

Historical Examples of outrank

British Dictionary definitions for outrank


verb (tr)

to be of higher rank than
to take priority over
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Word Origin and History for outrank

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

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