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.

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The authors of the 2018 report estimated benefits almost twice as large as in the 2016 analysis, but those benefits were outweighed by costs that were five times as great. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Eleven researchers publish sharp critique of EPA fuel economy logic," 9 Dec. 2018 In spite of evidence showing that prenups are on the rise among millennials, there are still plenty who believe the cons outweigh the pros. Hannah Hickok, Glamour, "I Got a Prenup—but It Wasn't to Protect My Money," 27 Nov. 2018 Because connecting people is a noble mission, and the bad is far outweighed by the good. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook is pushing out its most creative skeptics," 28 Sep. 2018 First, at this point in my Administration, any benefits that senior officials might glean from consultations with Mr. Brennan are now outweighed by the risks posed by his erratic conduct and behavior. Fox News, "Trump's full statement on revoking John Brennan's security clearance," 15 Aug. 2018 The largest sea lions are twice as big as the largest bears, for example, and manatees outweigh their cat-size hyrax cousins by nearly 500 kilograms. Angus Chen, Science | AAAS, "Sea mammals are huge for a reason," 26 Mar. 2018 If that’s true, then even very small reductions in the danger of those future lives not happening begins to outweigh large improvements in the value of life now. Ezra Klein, Vox, "Why Bill Gates is worried," 15 Oct. 2018 The government said historical interest does not outweigh the rule that says grand jury material should remain secret. Kate Brumback, The Seattle Times, "Historian seeks grand jury transcripts in notorious lynching," 2 Oct. 2018 Others say the potential pros of testifying don't outweigh the cons. Michael Tarm, Fox News, "Decision looms for Chicago officer: to testify or not," 28 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of outweigh

1534, in the meaning defined above

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outweigh

verb

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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