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.

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Although some injuries and even deaths have been blamed on air bags, particularly in their early years, that is vastly outweighed by the number of lives saved. CBS News, "Almanac: Air bags," 1 Sep. 2019 That's outweighed concerns about geopolitical tensions in Venezuela and Iran that could hit supply. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Market relief; Lyft and Uber; Oil boost," 8 Aug. 2019 In trying to convince the star to leave the Toronto Raptors and not stray to the Clippers, Johnson’s hero factor surely will be outweighed by his histrionics factor. Bill Plaschke, latimes.com, "Magic Johnson as part of Lakers’ Kawhi Leonard free-agency pitch is a strange fit," 28 June 2019 But, on this occasion, the film’s technical innovation is outweighed by its love of the past. N.b., The Economist, "“Toy Story 4” is another enjoyable, nostalgic adventure," 21 June 2019 The prices are pretty comparable, but Amazon's Prime Day specials outweigh Google discounts, while the Google financing option opens the doors for users who may not be able to afford a bulk payment. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Should I Buy a Google Home or Amazon Echo?," 12 Sep. 2019 While the Skin Cancer Foundation still discourages people from exposing their unprotected skin outdoors, Weller believes that, for many people, the health benefits of the sun may outweigh the cancer risks. Hana Hong, Marie Claire, "25 People Changing the Beauty Industry," 3 Sep. 2019 Fans have been frustrated because there weren’t more summer signings, but the risk of rushing into the wrong deals was too great and would have outweighed any progress. SI.com, "Manchester United Fans Must Have Patience With This Season's New Look Squad," 3 Sep. 2019 When does the harm from repeating hateful ideas or words outweigh the clarity that comes from complete, detailed reporting? Adrian Vore, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Union-Tribune drops ‘Mallard Fillmore ' comic strip," 30 Aug. 2019

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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 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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