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.
verb -shines, -shining or -shone
- (tr) to shine more brightly than
- (tr) to surpass in excellence, beauty, wit, etc
- (intr) rare to emit light
v.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.