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verb (used with object)
  1. to have a higher rank than: A major outranks a captain in the army.
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Origin of outrank

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; out- + rank1
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verb (tr)
  1. to be of higher rank than
  2. 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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