Definition of outrank in English:



  • 1 Have a higher rank than (someone else)

    ‘the overall commander of NATO was the only man who outranked him in Europe’
    • ‘He paid deference to the country's ceremonial presidency and even to its largely otiose Vice-Presidency; he never let the public forget that these notables outranked him in protocol terms.’
    • ‘She outranked him, and had such an independent personality that he was surprised to remember on the few occasions when she reversed their roles that she was three years his junior.’
    • ‘As a direct command from an officer who outranks you, I order you to not expose this to anyone else until I say so.’
    • ‘When he asks you for an answer to a question, you almost feel as though you outrank him, he is so polite.’
    • ‘In spite of this custom, the special exemptions from following suit still only extends to the trumps that outrank the king.’
    • ‘Most of the people that had entered the military when she did outranked her now.’
    • ‘If both ended up on the same committee, she would outrank him if there were an opening for chairman or ranking member.’
    • ‘He seriously outranked both men, and they snapped to attention.’
    • ‘They did not make loud noises as they were very aware that I had a very high rank in the chain school and that they could never outrank me.’
    • ‘He had not saluted the man so it was fair to say he was not outranked in this conversation.’
    • ‘Bruno outranked me, and I gave him the respect he deserved.’
    • ‘This situation is slightly different, however, as they never outranked me.’
    • ‘I figure it's just my imagination, but then in another moment he lifts his hand, the one not holding his drink, and, as if I outrank him, gives me a salute.’
    • ‘She's just a pack member who outranks him, nothing more?’
    • ‘He's had to salute his sister - the Army's recruiting boss in Chicago - because she outranked him.’
    • ‘It was my castle, not hers, and I far outranked her anyways!’
    • ‘That meant that technically she outranked him.’
    • ‘‘He still outranks me,’ he muttered, though she didn't hear any resentment in his words.’
    • ‘I vowed never again to let anyone talk me into doing something dumb, no matter how much they outranked me by pay grade or flight time.’
    • ‘I do not see that you would be able to patronise or outrank an independent person.’
    surpass, excel, exceed, beat, trump, top, cap, outdo, outstrip, leave behind, outrival, outvie, outrank, outshine, eclipse, overstep, overshadow, throw into the shade, upstage
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    1. 1.1Be better or more important than.
      ‘surveys show the firm outranking the others in food quality’
      • ‘Truly, this little girl was so precious that coverage of her disappearance outranked most important national and international events!’
      • ‘In Pennsylvania, New York and Minnesota, for example, the homeopathic practitioners outranked regular physicians.’
      • ‘Again, Kennedy tops the list of modern presidents, even outranking the hero that brought the country through the Great Depression and World War II.’
      • ‘The culture and social fabric of Mauritius was woven around the sugar cane plantations and even now the industry outranks tourism as the major employer, though probably not for much longer.’
      surpass, be superior to, be better than, outshine, overshadow, eclipse, outdo, outplay, outmanoeuvre, outdistance, outstrip, outrun, outpace, out-think, get the better of, dwarf, put in the shade, upstage, transcend
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