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outweigh

verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
sth outweighs the benefits (=something is more important than the benefits)
▪ Make sure that the risks don’t outweigh the benefits.
the advantages outweigh the disadvantages (=the advantages are more valuable)
▪ When it comes down to working from home, you have to decide if the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.
the advantages outweigh the disadvantages (=there are more advantages than disadvantages)
▪ The advantages of building the new road would outweigh the disadvantages.
the benefits outweigh the risks (=they are more important than the possible risks)
▪ The benefits to patients who are taking the drug far outweigh the risks.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
far
▪ To say that its reviews were mixed is to understate the case - the cons far outweighed the pros.
▪ For them the dangers of infertility - real or imagined - may far outweigh the dangers of fertility.
▪ She says the advantages for children going on line far outweigh the disadvantages, particularly as on line applies to schoolwork.
▪ The added stability that this imparts to the crystallite far outweighs the limited loss of energy caused by chain flexing.
▪ Suddenly, agony far outweighed the thrill.
▪ The characteristic excellencies of Wordsworth's poetry are listed with repeated emphasis that they far outweigh the defects.
▪ But these lapses are far outweighed by moments of transcendence.
greatly
▪ All that must be conceded, and yet the book's virtues greatly outweigh its faults.
▪ For many years, the benefits of the expensive system greatly outweighed the disadvantages.
▪ On the whole the interviewees believed that the advantages greatly outweighed the disadvantages.
■ NOUN
advantage
▪ Its advantages may even outweigh its disadvantages.
▪ The advantages clearly outweighed the disadvantages.
▪ In the long term ministers were persuaded that the advantages would outweigh the obvious and possible drawbacks.
▪ On the whole the interviewees believed that the advantages greatly outweighed the disadvantages.
benefit
▪ If the social benefits outweigh the social costs, the constraint involved will be worthwhile.
▪ When you bury a veggie in all that fat, do the benefits outweigh the risks?
▪ Faculty supporters counter that the faculty would still be within the Institute and that the benefits would far outweigh the potential risk.
▪ Instead, ask whether the benefits of the teacup outweigh the cost.
▪ The benefits can outweigh the cost in time considerably, of course.
▪ However, despite some problems, the strengths of the benefit outweigh its weaknesses.
cost
▪ If the social benefits outweigh the social costs, the constraint involved will be worthwhile.
▪ Instead, ask whether the benefits of the teacup outweigh the cost.
▪ The benefits can outweigh the cost in time considerably, of course.
▪ In stage two, the benefits of having chil-dren continue to outweigh the costs.
▪ The benefits of solid modelling are often outweighed by its cost at the moment.
▪ The profits of jurisdiction may well have been outweighed by the costs of the bureaucracy.
▪ The savings outweigh the costs of caring for sick smokers and the loss of income taxes from deceased wage earners.
▪ The gigs will probably be great but this doesn't always outweigh the high cost of attending them.
costs
▪ If the social benefits outweigh the social costs, the constraint involved will be worthwhile.
▪ In stage two, the benefits of having chil-dren continue to outweigh the costs.
▪ The profits of jurisdiction may well have been outweighed by the costs of the bureaucracy.
▪ The savings outweigh the costs of caring for sick smokers and the loss of income taxes from deceased wage earners.
disadvantage
▪ Earn outs Earn outs are becoming less and less popular as the disadvantages often outweigh the advantages.
▪ If, however, the disadvantages outweigh the advantages, there is nothing to stop any country from leaving the club.
▪ For every eight residents who saw benefits in tourism only one felt that the disadvantages outweighed the advantages.
effect
▪ But they suggest that overall, punishment has other effects which cancel out and even outweigh its deterrent effects.
▪ The probative value of the evidence was said to outweigh its prejudicial effect.
▪ It seems logical to suggest, therefore, that the income effect will continue to outweigh the substitution effect.
▪ It is possible, as shown, for the output effect to outweigh the substitution effect.
interest
▪ In these circumstances the public interest in encouraging people to report cases of child abuse has been held to outweigh other interests.
▪ The test is whether the public interest in disclosure outweighs the public interest in the preservation of confidence.
▪ She resisted all advances, for her love of coursing far outweighed her interest in any suitor.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Benefits of the surgery far outweigh the risk.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ For frequent long-distance callers, the difficulties may be outweighed by the savings.
▪ In the first study in 1993, negative depictions outweighed the positive 2-to-1.
▪ In these circumstances the public interest in encouraging people to report cases of child abuse has been held to outweigh other interests.
▪ It was sufficient to outweigh Mr Field's 165 to 113 second-round victory in the individual members' section.
▪ Nevertheless, he says, the legend outweighs mere facts.
▪ The benefits of gaining insight, though, far outweigh the discomfort in getting there.
▪ The likely dangers of traditional internationalism are starting to outweigh any plausible benefits.
WordNet

outweigh

  1. v. be heavier than

  2. weigh more heavily [syn: preponderate, overbalance, outbalance]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

outweigh

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

Wiktionary

outweigh

vb. 1 To exceed in weight or mass. 2 To exceed in importance or value.

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Outweigh

Outweigh \Out*weigh"\, v. t. To exceed in weight or value.

Usage examples of "outweigh".

However, those potential side effects are greatly outweighed by the serious risk anthrax poses.

Restoration, but for a long time I refused to believe that his influence should have outweighed all the serious considerations opposed to such a perfect anomaly as appointing Fouche the Minister of a Bourbon.

But render the idea in this way, the blessedness offered to men in the revelation of grace made by Jesus outweighs the wretchedness brought upon them through the sin introduced by Adam, and the sense is satisfactory.

For just as Gustav Mahler might stand as an instance of musicianly temperament fatally outweighing musicianly intellect, so Arnold Schoenberg might stand as an example of the equally excessive outbalancing of sensibility by brain-stuff.

Yet you continue to overeat, indicating clearly that the physical sensation of ingestion outweighs the theoretical pleasure of improved appearance.

It was not that she was afraid of the woman though Ramonda was at least half a head taller and outweighed her by a good two stone.

The steward caught her plump elbow and, in spite of the fact that she outweighed him by a goodly margin, turned the termagant skillfully toward the stairs.

I would sweep away these triflers, but long thought shows me the task outweighs my resources.

This was one triumph that the consuls of the year could participate in, as the triumphator, whose imperium had to outweigh all others, was Dictator.

But such unpleasing sensations were outweighed by the great comfort of his position, the unanalysable, the almost mysterious properties of his reclining-chair, which he had applauded even on his first experience of it, and which reasserted themselves in the happiest way whenever he resorted to it anew.

It was she he thought of more than Dundas, she whose grief outweighed his own, and which tore still at the deep well of emotion within him, unhealed even now.

One of the last letters he received before departure was from his admiring friend Benjamin Rush, who in his usual flowing, assured hand wrote that though he hated to see Adams go, he had every confidence in him: I am aware that your abilities and firmness are much wanted at the Court of France, and after all that has been said of the advantages of dressing, powdering, and bowing well as necessary accomplishments for an ambassador, I maintain that knowledge and integrity with a common share of prudence will outweigh them all.

Beyond such important but necessarily impersonal concerns, I would venture to remind you that just as you lost a sworn man in Aiten, I lost a scholar in Geris, a man of much learning who might have aided us both against this threat, though of course, nothing outweighs the loss of both their lives.

I appealed to his gratitude to you for having saved me from Lodivarman and to his love for me, believing that these might outweigh his determination to wed me to Bharata Rahon, but I was mistaken.

Some foreign companies may have little or no trade with the United States, and in those cases the lure of smuggling with Iraq would greatly outweigh any potential risk of creating disfavor with the United States.