outweigh

Meaning(s)

1. exceed in weight, value, or importance

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the advantages outweigh the disadvantages

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'To outweigh' can mean to exceed in weight by comparison to something else: "The trailer outweighs the car." It can also refer to something that is more significant than something else: "Going to school far outweighs the importance of working at a young age." You can use 'outweigh' so say something is of a higher value: "The value of the goods outweighs your offer." This is a popular verb used in social and professional contexts.

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  1. The boxer outweighed his opponent by ten pounds when they fought, but the weight advantage did not help him. He ended up being knocked out in the second round.
  2. The financial benefits of living at home while you study often outweigh the negatives. 

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  1. In an ideal democratic society, the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. However, such an ideal is rarely attained.

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  1. The benefits of a company providing its staff with free healthcare far outweighs the cost. It generally leads to less sick days being taken and therefore more productivity.
  2. It was a difficult decision to make but the positives outweighed the negatives.

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