Definition of overweight in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌōvərˈwāt/
1Above a weight considered normal or desirable: he’s forty pounds overweight
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  • If overweight, her desirable weight gain is significantly less, about 15 to 25 pounds.
  • Balance caloric intake with physical activity and lose weight if currently overweight or obese.
  • In sharp contrast, her junk-food-eating brother who loves hamburgers is massively overweight and so are her mother and father.
1.1Above legal weight: an overweight truck
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  • Of the 537 overweight trucks that inspectors caught last year, the average weight was 75 tons.
  • Only a fool, weight enforcement officers say, knowingly drives an overweight truck into a weigh station.
  • In the mid 1980s an overweight grain truck crashed through the timber deck and forced its only known closure.


Pronunciation: /ˈōvərˌwāt/
Excessive or extra weight.
Example sentences
  • Only two other comparable studies have examined later adult risk in relation to both childhood and adult overweight, and these used body mass index as a measure of obesity at both ages.
  • Growth charts, ideal body weight, and body mass index were mostly used to assess and monitor overweight.
  • Most people associate extreme overweight with extreme forms of the same behaviors as those that make the rest of us gain weight - eating too much and not moving.


Pronunciation: /ˌōvərˈwāt/
[with object] (usually as adjective overweighted)
1Put too much weight on; overload.
Example sentences
  • Wallowing in the aftermath of such bereavements, she overweights her plots with aching losses.
  • Conversely, the overweighted ball is generally used to enhance shoulder strength and power.
  • A while back I discussed how the powers that be will do ‘whatever it takes’ to keep this overweighted barge afloat.
1.1 Finance Invest in (a market sector, industry, etc.) to a greater than normal degree: we have overweighted the banking sector [as adjective]: we were overweighted in technology last year
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  • The fund overweights companies that score well on its screens, such as Wells Fargo and Fannie Mae.
  • With a bullish hypothesis on the stock, I aimed to err on the down side by using the low-ball $3.25 estimate of 2003 earnings and overweighting the two ugly scenarios, giving each 10% odds.
  • Others target specific stocks that are in an index, overweighting those they think are especially undervalued and underweighting those thought to be too dear.

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Syllabification: o·ver·weight

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