Outweigh

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Definition

(the advantages) outweigh (the disadvantages): (the advantages) are greater than, compensate for, counterbalance (the disadvantages)
verb
The advantages clearly outweigh the disadvantages: we should say 'yes'!
I guarantee that the profits will outweigh the risks: you'll have to invest $5,000 in the business, but you will definitely make at least $20,000 in profit.

Pronunciation examples
UK: I'm sure you'll agree that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.
US: But the risk outweighs any possible profits!
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Examples

  • "Perhaps the benefits of the internet outweigh any damage it may cause to the environment?"
  • "While the benefits of sleep are numerous, it seems clear that the dangers of NOT sleeping outweigh them considerably."
  • "You need to be thinking for the long term. These changes may be difficult to implement but the benefits far outweigh the initial effort."
  • "The transition costs of offshore operations are greatly outweighed by the long term savings which outsourcing provides."

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