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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Underfunded pensions cost a lot more: The state’s obligations now outweigh its expected assets by more than $50 billion. Joseph N. Distefano, Philly.com, "Pension billions: Can N.J. cops pick better investments than Wall Street pros?," 13 July 2018 Will your savings outweigh the cost of your membership? Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "How to Know if Amazon Prime Is Truly Worth It for You and Your Family," 10 July 2018 Profitability and contribution to shareholder value outweigh benefits to the company’s’ reputation. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "raceAhead: Let's Change the World," 14 June 2018 The projected cost of as much $500 billion over 30 years to construct the North American Supergrid would be outweighed by eventual savings to U.S. electricity consumers, according to the NOAA study. Charles Bayless And, WSJ, "Upgrade America’s 19th-Century Electric Grid," 4 June 2018 Plants outweigh all other life on Earth Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: rival giant telescopes, hefty plants, and the mystery behind ‘gluten sensitivity’," 25 May 2018 Economists warn that any benefit in terms of jobs could be far outweighed by increased steel costs for U.S. automobiles, wind turbines, shale oil and gas drilling rigs, and more. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "Trump trade adviser says no exceptions for allies on new aluminum and steel tariffs," 4 Mar. 2018 Whatever possible money the Colts might obtain from McDaniels would seemingly be outweighed by the potential ridicule that the team could attract in suing McDaniels. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "No Signed Contract, No Deal: Legal Fallout for Josh McDaniels and the Colts," 7 Feb. 2018 Fagin’s baggage is weighty, but it might be outweighed by his sheer political persistence. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Judicial candidate has long history of tax liens," 27 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of outweigh

1534, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outweigh was in 1534

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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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to reject or criticize sharply

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