Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To shine brighter than.
  • transitive v. To be more beautiful, splendid, or flamboyant than.
  • transitive v. To surpass in obvious excellence; outdo.
  • intransitive v. To shine forth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to shine brighter than something else
  • v. to exceed something or someone else, especially in an obvious or flamboyant manner

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To shine forth.
  • transitive v. To surpass in splendor, excellence, or achievement.
  • transitive v. To shine more brightly than.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To shine out or forth; emit beams or luster.
  • To shine more brightly than; surpass in brilliancy or luster; hence, to be more illustrious, beautiful, witty, etc., than; surpass in some good quality.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. shine brighter than
  • v. attract more attention and praise than others

Etymologies

out- +‎ shine (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Her talent and intellect is not being used for the mere reason that she would "outshine" the President.

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  • Also, the many of the moderators have tried to "outshine" the candidates or to make the news, like russert and this bozo, which is really pathetic.

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  • He is still the tallest I'm assuming he didn't put elevator shoes on to 'outshine' Obama.

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  • Her words "I don't want you to 'outshine' me on my wedding day."

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  • Hospitals of Hope decided the best way to reach out was to build a portable medical clinic that Wawrzewski said will "outshine" any Third-World hospital.

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  • There was confidence that the economy would maintain its momentum, with some predicting that the second half of the year would "outshine" the first half, due to the high prices of palm oil and mineral oil.

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  • Nevertheless interesting couple, she always aims to outshine which is not a great characteristic.

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  • She, who wears enough diamonds and rubies to outshine the queen—as if her evident fertility were not triumph enough.

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  • Gold miners are striving to outshine the metal they produce, raising their dividends to win back investors who have been flooding to bullion-backed funds.

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  • I screamed it out to all who would listen: ‘Ya’ll think you gone outshine me?

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