verb (used with object)

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

verb (tr)

  1. to prevail over; overcomehis desire outweighed his discretion
  2. to be more important or significant than
  3. to be heavier than

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

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