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verb (used with object), out·shone or out·shined, out·shin·ing.
  1. to surpass in shining; shine more brightly than.
  2. to surpass in splendor, ability, achievement, excellence, etc.: a product that outshone all competitors; to outshine one's classmates.
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verb (used without object), out·shone or out·shined, out·shin·ing.
  1. to shine out or forth: a small light outshining in the darkness.
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Origin of outshine

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

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

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Historical Examples of outshined

  • Quære, whether to say the sun is outshined be too bold and hyperbolical?

    The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 1

    Alexander Pope

  • They knew I had outshined them, and that was no doubt their reason for destroying her.

    The Fatal Cord

    Mayne Reid

British Dictionary definitions for outshined


verb -shines, -shining or -shone
  1. (tr) to shine more brightly than
  2. (tr) to surpass in excellence, beauty, wit, etc
  3. (intr) rare to emit light
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Word Origin and History for outshined



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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