outweigh

verb
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

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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 And do the risks of potentially carrying Covid to their parents outweigh the benefits of reuniting with them? Bianna Golodryga, CNN, "One college student shares why he trekked home for Thanksgiving, and what he's doing to stay safe," 27 Nov. 2020 Double-walled water bottles aren’t cheap, but their advantages outweigh the nominal increase in cost. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "3 Reasons You Need a Vacuum Insulated Bottle," 23 Nov. 2020 That emotional risk for some people may outweigh the benefit of socially distancing. Jacob Calvin Meyer, baltimoresun.com, "Howard County records highest number of positive daily COVID-19 cases since May," 6 Nov. 2020 Jonathan Lesser, an adjunct fellow at the conservative Manhattan Institute think tank, coauthored a report that found the benefits don't outweigh the costs to customers. Robert Jablon, Star Tribune, "AP Explains: Power shutoffs to prevent California wildfires," 28 Oct. 2020 While both sides anticipated a vicious debate between two men who do not like each other, the Biden campaign downplayed the night’s importance, believing that the pandemic and the battered economy would outweigh any one-night gaffe or zinger. Jonathan Lemire, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Trump, Biden push into crucial first 2020 campaign debate," 29 Sep. 2020 While both sides anticipated a vicious debate between two men who do not like each other, the Biden campaign downplayed the night's importance, believing that the pandemic and the battered economy would outweigh any one-night gaffe or zinger. Arkansas Online, "Trump, Biden push into crucial first 2020 campaign face-off," 29 Sep. 2020 When does the benefit of informing people about an emerging piece of misinformation outweigh the possible harms? Kevin Roose, New York Times, "Following Falsehoods: A Reporter’s Approach on QAnon," 3 Oct. 2020 Corcoran and his boss, Gov. Ron DeSantis, have demanded schools open for face-to-face learning, saying the benefits far outweigh any risk of COVID-19. Scott Travis, sun-sentinel.com, "Broward schools maintain reopening date, despite pressure," 28 Sep. 2020

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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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1 Dec 2020

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“Outweigh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outweigh. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for outweigh

outweigh

verb
How to pronounce outweigh (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of outweigh

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

outweigh

verb
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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