from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • verb shine brighter than
  • verb attract more attention and praise than others


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

out- +‎ shine


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