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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Many have proposed that the value of moral behavior in encouraging group cohesion must have outweighed the reproductive interests of individuals. John Hawks, WSJ, "‘The Goodness Paradox’ Review: The Benefits of Good Breeding," 25 Jan. 2019 The scars were dark and purple, but my joy outweighed them by miles. Allison Berres, Good Housekeeping, "Breast-Reduction Surgery Made Me Feel More Sensual, Youthful, and Confident," 9 Nov. 2018 Livestock waste would outweigh that from humans six to one. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "What If Animal Feces Could Be Recycled for Metals and Valuable Elements?," 29 Nov. 2018 Yet for Strasburger, and for others who Condé Nast Traveler spoke with over the past month, the upsides outweigh the risks. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "Trouble in Turkey Hasn't Stopped These Travelers From Going," 24 Sep. 2018 The bad optics of an empty chair could outweigh being dragged further into a morass that Google may feel belongs to Facebook and Twitter. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Congress is getting better at questioning social media executives," 6 Sep. 2018 As for actual savings, buying this ticket would far outweigh buying those beers. Paul Dehner Jr., Cincinnati.com, "Bengals Xtra: Jungle Pass risky, intriguing olive branch to fans," 17 June 2018 The good memories from high school outweigh the one bad thing that happened,'' said Walley, 36. Maxine Bernstein, OregonLive.com, "Thurston 20 years later: 'You're kind of jaded after a while'," 20 May 2018 The county’s homeless population is larger than Atlanta’s, and the need for affordable housing still outweighs supply. Vernal Coleman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle, King County look to Atlanta program to entice landlords to rent to homeless, but can it work here?," 26 Dec. 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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