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out- +‎ weigh


  • IPA(key): /ˌaʊtˈweɪ/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪ


outweigh (third-person singular simple present outweighs, present participle outweighing, simple past and past participle outweighed)

  1. (transitive) To exceed in weight or mass.
  2. (transitive) To exceed in importance or value.
    • 1945 August 17, George Orwell [pseudonym; Eric Arthur Blair], chapter 6, in Animal Farm: A Fairy Story, London: Secker & Warburg, OCLC 3655473:
      The advantage [] was so great that it would have taken a lot of failures to outweigh it.
    • 1960 April, “Talking of trains: The new link at Barnsley”, in Trains Illustrated, page 197:
      A few trains, mostly at peak periods, will still terminate at Barnsley because the convenience to workpeople of their current times outweighs the advantages of through working.
    • 2019 May 20, Walter Thompson, “A school's mural removal: should kids be shielded from brutal US history?”, in The Guardian[1]:
      Flores said the images’ negative impact outweighs their historical and artistic value.


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