outshine


outshine

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.

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.

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

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.

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