outweigh

[ out-wey ]
/ ˌaʊtˈweɪ /

verb (used with object)

to exceed in value, importance, influence, etc.: The advantages of the plan outweighed its defects.
to exceed in weight: The champion will probably outweigh his opponent.
to be too heavy or burdensome for: Collapse may follow if the load outweighs its supports.

Nearby words

  1. outwards,
  2. outwash,
  3. outwash plain,
  4. outwatch,
  5. outwear,
  6. outwent,
  7. outwit,
  8. outwith,
  9. outwork,
  10. outworn

Origin of outweigh

First recorded in 1590–1600; out- + weigh1

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British Dictionary definitions for outweigh

outweigh

/ (ˌaʊtˈweɪ) /

verb (tr)

to prevail over; overcomehis desire outweighed his discretion
to be more important or significant than
to be heavier than
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Word Origin and History for outweigh

outweigh

v.

1590s, from out (adv.) + weigh (v.). Related: Outweighed; outweighing.

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