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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Exposure to China’s cynical version of the rule of law feels like an unbearable loss to many Hong Kongers—outweighing the rewards of integration with a faster-growing mainland. The Economist, "A proposed extradition law triggers unrest in Hong Kong," 13 June 2019 The attacks reversed that sentiment, though, and outweighed the effect of an equally bearish report Thursday from OPEC, which cut its 2019 forecast for world oil-demand growth. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "Tanker Attacks Lift Oil Prices, Improve Shale Producers’ Outlook," 13 June 2019 The cause is still under investigation, but the accident has raised concerns that at the municipal and national levels, where tourism has become a major source of revenue, political calculations and the drive for profit outweighed safety concerns. Marc Santora, New York Times, "Before Fatal Boat Crash in Budapest, Safety Warnings Went Unheeded," 11 June 2019 World leaders will gather in heartfelt tribute to alliance and sacrifice and a unified vow for enduring unity, outweighing any national or political skirmish of the moment. Fox News, "Trump to mark 75th anniversary of D-Day at Normandy," 6 June 2019 Aurora officials appeared to think all would outweigh potential competition from casinos in other cities, including Chicago. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora officials OK with Illinois gambling changes," 4 June 2019 For bioethicists like Stanford’s Hank Greeley, these latest revelations only further skew the risks of such a procedure to far outweigh the potential benefits. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "A Study Exposes the Health Risks of Gene-Editing Human Embryos," 3 June 2019 That’s what makes the risks outweigh the temporary benefits. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About the Military Diet, According to a Nutritionist," 11 Dec. 2018 Studies such as these remind us that many drugs may have unintended consequences, and, in some cases, the risks may outweigh the benefits. Ronald S. Litman, Philly.com, "Unintended consequences of taking prescription medicines," 20 June 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 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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to take the place or position of

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