out·​weigh | \ˌau̇t-ˈwā \
outweighed; outweighing; outweighs

Definition of outweigh 

transitive verb

: to exceed in weight, value, or importance the advantages outweigh the disadvantages

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Examples of outweigh in a Sentence

She outweighs her sister by 10 pounds. This issue outweighs all others in importance.

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The takeaway for Volume II is that the long term human, societal, and economic costs of climate change will far outweigh the benefits of allowing greenhouse gas emissions to continue unchecked. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "Report finds that climate change could cause ‘substantial damages’ to US," 23 Nov. 2018 And as Nathanael Johnson noted in Grist, EPA’s own analysis shows that ACE’s net costs outweigh its net benefits: EPA’s press officers aren’t exactly highlighting the findings that the proposal would leave Americans worse off. David Roberts, Vox, "The 6 things you most need to know about Trump’s new climate plan," 24 Aug. 2018 And if a random Gary Payton interview proves prescient, that will only add to the lore of NBA offseason drama far outweighing the actual on-court competition. The Crossover Staff, SI.com, "Forecasting The King's Future: Which Team Best Suits LeBron James?," 13 June 2018 O’Reilly wrote that Enbridge has established that the project is needed, but that the negative consequences to Minnesota of the company’s more southerly preferred route outweigh the benefits. Steve Karnowski, The Seattle Times, "Judge: Enbridge Line 3 project should follow existing route," 23 Apr. 2018 The risk of a negative response was undoubtedly assessed before making the deal, which makes clear that Nike believes the rewards of sponsoring Kaepernick outweigh the cost. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Why the social media boycott over Colin Kaepernick is a win for Nike," 6 Sep. 2018 But the hypothetical benefits to high-end business customers of a third 5G competitor may not outweigh the costs borne by low-end consumers, especially of prepaid cellular plans where T-Mobile and Sprint dominate. Greg Ip, WSJ, "T-Mobile Sprint Merger Is a Test of Trump’s Antitrust Mettle," 5 Sep. 2018 In Afrotherians, the costs (exposure, vulnerability) could simply outweigh the benefits (slightly cooler temperature), says Hiller. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "The Earliest Mammals Kept Their Cool With Descended Testicles," 28 June 2018 Critics of the deal contend that its shortcomings outweigh the benefits of the IAEA's intrusive oversight. Author: Joby Warrick, Anchorage Daily News, "Muzzled watchdog: How killing the nuclear deal could make it easier for Iran to pursue the bomb in secret," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of outweigh

1534, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of outweigh

: to be greater than (someone or something) in weight, value, or importance


out·​weigh | \au̇t-ˈwā \
outweighed; outweighing

Kids Definition of outweigh

: to be greater than in weight or importance The benefits outweigh the disadvantages.

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