from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To exceed in influence or significance; outweigh.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To have more influence or significance than another; to preponderate or outweigh

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To outweight; to exceed in weight or effect.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To outweigh; exceed in weight or effect.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. weigh more heavily


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  • -- [MS. B.] _In the Shelley copy "o'erbalance" has been erased and "outbalance" inserted in Byron's handwriting.

    The Works of Lord Byron. Vol. 6

  • They in fact far outbalance the form letters (and my one “mean” rejection).

    Rinse, Repeat « A Little Imagination

  • Yet with all these small blemishes Granger had many good qualities, and his big heart was so full of generous impulses and good motives as to far outbalance his short-comings; and not - withstanding the friction and occasional acerbity of our official intercourse, we maintained friendly relations till his death.

    She Makes Her Mouth Small & Round & Other Stories

  • I am not sure whether the pride of being found to outbalance, in virtue of his own personal merit, all the disadvantages of fortune, did not make as favourable an impression upon the haughty heart of the Master of Ravenswood as the conversation of the father and the beauty of Lucy Ashton.

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • On Royal Hill, Buenos Aires sells several delicious varieties of empanada, and clafoutis that more than outbalance a jog up the hill.

    Meantime « Squares of Wheat

  • "The final cost of the possible duty ... would clearly outbalance the benefit that could be expected" for EU manufacturers, the commission's recommendation said.

    Regulator Won't Push for China Tariffs

  • They are very sympathetic to my position at the school division but a couple of people wanting gmail access doesn't outbalance the need to protect the entire division from spam.

    Gmail and the Decision for Inaction

  • Through all this, the true objective of any people, nation or empire still remains the same; pursuing ones best interests by any means possible and as far as possible, as long as the costs of the pursuit do not outbalance the expected gains.

    Think Progress » Kristol: ‘We Could Be In A Military Confrontation With Iran Much Sooner Than People Expect’

  • Others believe the possession of rights to be a weighty consideration but not so weighty as to outbalance every other moral claim.

    Children's Rights

  • Pain must outbalance pleasure by two parts to one, she thought; in all social relations.

    The Years


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