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[oh-ver-wey] /ˌoʊ vərˈweɪ/
verb (used with object)
to exceed in weight; overbalance or outweigh:
a respected opinion that overweighs the others.
to weigh down; oppress; burden:
gloom that overweighs one's spirits.
Origin of overweigh
1175-1225; Middle English overweien; see over-, weigh1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for overweigh
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  • As for you, say what you can, my false will overweigh your true story.

    Tales from Shakespeare Charles Lamb and Mary Lamb
  • Overbold, audacious; overhang, impend; overweigh, preponderate.

  • That is a most excellent reason, but I shouldn't let it overweigh common sense.

    The Helpers Francis Lynde
  • “Do,” said Sylvia, but the cordiality in her voice seemed to overweigh it.

    Pembroke Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Now in what case would this difference be so important, as to overweigh even the single inconvenience of multiplying compacts?

  • In this present book (and in it only) the illustrative work may be said almost to overweigh and stifle the idea illustrated.

    William Blake Algernon Charles Swinburne
  • Determination and hope and confidence may overweigh the life side.

  • Even though there may be many monetary or economic reasons in favor of certain occupations, the danger may overweigh these.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
British Dictionary definitions for overweigh


verb (transitive)
to exceed in weight; overbalance
to weigh down; oppress
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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