verb (used with object), out·shone or out·shined, out·shin·ing.

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), out·shone or out·shined, out·shin·ing.

to shine out or forth: a small light outshining in the darkness.

Origin of outshine

First recorded in 1590–1600; out- + shine1
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Related Words for outshine

outperform, transcend, outplay, beat, exceed, excel, surpass, defeat

Examples from the Web for outshine

Contemporary Examples of outshine

Historical Examples of outshine

  • In all the firmament of poetry there was no star to outshine his.

    William Shakespeare

    Samuel Levy Bensusan

  • 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

  • I have no ambition to outshine him, nor William Shakespere nor any other erudite.

    Black Beaver

    James Campbell Lewis

  • A wife should outshine her husband in nothing, not even in her dress.

  • You could outshine all the gilded youth I know, and hold your own with the best.

    A Pessimist

    Robert Timsol

British Dictionary definitions for outshine


verb -shines, -shining or -shone

(tr) to shine more brightly than
(tr) to surpass in excellence, beauty, wit, etc
(intr) rare to emit light
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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.

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