out·​weigh | \ ˌau̇t-ˈwā How to pronounce outweigh (audio) \
outweighed; outweighing; outweighs

Definition of outweigh

transitive verb

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

Examples of outweigh in a Sentence

She outweighs her sister by 10 pounds. This issue outweighs all others in importance.
Recent Examples on the Web Senior advocates agree that the benefits of proximity outweigh the hiccups. Sarah Matusek, oregonlive, 9 Jan. 2022 After nearly two years of working at home, there are definitely advantages to in-person meetings (though whether those outweigh the risks is a larger question). Chris Morris, Fortune, 8 Jan. 2022 Second, since pushback often stems from risk aversion, emphasize how the benefits outweigh the costs. Rodger Dean Duncan, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 But praise and support for Schneider appeared to outweigh the hatred, as evidenced by the responses to Schneider's tweet. Kelly Wynne, PEOPLE.com, 3 Jan. 2022 Senior advocates agree that the benefits of proximity outweigh the hiccups. Sarah Matusek, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 Dec. 2021 Under that scenario, the FDA said the drug would carry warnings about risks during pregnancy, but doctors would still have the option to prescribe it in certain cases where its benefits could outweigh its risks for patients. Arkansas Online, 27 Nov. 2021 Cryptocurrencies were born to be volatile, says Jihan Wu, but their growth over the long term will far outweigh their price fluctuations. Robert Olsen, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 This foundation depends on agency leaders who recognize that the long-term benefits of cooperation outweigh the short-term incentive to blow up institutions in pursuit of immediate partisan gains. Jelena Mcwilliams, WSJ, 15 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of outweigh

1534, in the meaning defined above

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“Outweigh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outweigh. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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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 How to pronounce outweigh (audio) \
outweighed; outweighing

Kids Definition of outweigh

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

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