from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To exceed something else in weight.
- intransitive v. To be greater than something else, as in power, force, quantity, or importance; predominate: "In balancing his faults with his perfections, the latter seemed rather to preponderate” ( Henry Fielding).
- adj. Preponderant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To outweigh; to overpower by weight; to exceed in weight; to overbalance.
- v. To overpower by stronger or moral power.
- v. (obsolete) To cause to prefer; to incline; to decide.
- v. To exceed in weight; hence, to predominate
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To outweigh; to overpower by weight; to exceed in weight; to overbalance.
- transitive v. To overpower by stronger or moral power.
- transitive v. To cause to prefer; to incline; to decide.
- intransitive v. To exceed in weight; hence, to incline or descend, as the scale of a balance; figuratively, to exceed in influence, power, etc.; hence; to incline to one side.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To outweigh; surpass in weight, force, efficiency, or influence.
- To cause to lean or incline in a particular direction; dispose; induce to a particular course of action or frame of mind.
- To ponder or mentally weigh beforehand.
- To exceed in weight; hence, to incline or droop, as the scale of a balance.
- To have superior power, influence, force, or efficiency; predominate; prevail.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. weigh more heavily
Latin praeponderāre, praeponderāt- : prae-, pre- + ponderāre, to weigh; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin praeponderatus, past participle of praeponderāre ("to outweigh") (Wiktionary)