Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “outweigh”

outweigh

verb [T]     /ˌaʊtˈweɪ/
to have more influence or importance than something else: Annual weather variations still seem to be outweighing any global warming trends.be outweighed by sth Small changes in the tax burden are likely to be outweighed by other factors.outweigh the risks/benefits/considerations Medical experts maintain that the benefits of the new drug outweigh any risks.
to be larger in number or amount than something else: Public finances showed a record cash surplus last month as surging income tax receipts outweighed a fall in corporation tax revenues.
(Definition of outweigh verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of outweigh

Definitions of “outweigh” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

generous

willing to give money, help, kindness, etc., especially more than is usual or expected

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More