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.

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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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