Overweight meaning

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The definition of overweight is being heavier than is considered healthy, acceptable or normal.

A truck that weighs more than the limit permitted is an example of something that would be described as overweight.

A person who weighs so much that his doctor considers it a health risk is an example of someone who is overweight.

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Weighing more than is normal, necessary, or allowed, especially having more body weight than is considered normal or healthy for one's age or build.
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More weight than is normal, necessary, or allowed.
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Greater weight or importance; preponderance.
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To weigh down too heavily; overload.
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To give too much emphasis, importance, or consideration to.
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More weight than is needed, desired, or allowed; extra or surplus weight.
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Above the normal, desirable, or allowed weight.
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Holding or containing relatively more of a specified asset, security, etc., as in relation to some benchmark.
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In investing, to hold a larger amount or proportion of in a portfolio, as in relation to some benchmark.

To overweight oil stocks.

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Having a large percentage of a portfolio invested in a particular sector. For example, an analyst may tell investors to overweight their holdings of healthcare stocks, meaning that healthcare stocks should take up a larger percentage of the investors’ portfolios than they do on a broad market index, such as the S&P 500. The term also may be applied to individual stocks. Overweight contrasts with underweight, which indicates that a portfolio has a disproportionately small amount of funds in a particular stock or sector.
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(of a person) Heavier than what is generally considered healthy for a given body type and height.
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(transport, law, of a vehicle) Weighing more than what is allowed for safety or legal commerce.
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(investment, finance, followed by a noun or prepositional phrase indicating a security or type of security) Having a portfolio relatively heavily invested in.

Our portfolio is very overweight (in) Asian technology stocks.

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(chiefly transport, law, healthcare) An excess of weight.
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(investment, finance) A security or class of securities in which one has a heavy concentration.

Apple common stock is one of our overweights.

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To place excessive weight or emphasis on; to overestimate the importance of. [from 17th c.]
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