Simple Definition of weigh
: to find how heavy (someone or something) is : to measure the weight of (someone or something)
: to have a specified weight
: to think carefully about (something) in order to form an opinion or make a decision
Full Definition of weigh
1 : to ascertain the heaviness of by or as if by a balance
3 : to consider carefully especially by balancing opposing factors or aspects in order to reach a choice or conclusion : evaluate <weighing her options>
4 : to heave up (an anchor) preparatory to sailing
5 : to measure or apportion (a definite quantity) on or as if on a scales
2 : to merit consideration as important : count <evidence will weigh heavily against him>
3 a : to press down with or as if with a heavy weight b : to have a saddening or disheartening effect <guilt weighed on my mind>
Examples of weigh in a sentence
She weighs herself every morning.
He used a scale to weigh the bananas.
The bananas weigh more than the apples.
How much do you weigh?
You will need to weigh the pros and cons.
He took time to weigh his options.
Her previous experience weighs in her favor.
Origin of weigh
Middle English weyen, from Old English wegan to move, carry, weigh — more at way
First Known Use: before 12th century
Synonym Discussion of weigh
Rhymes with weigh
a, ae, bay, bey, blae, brae, bray, chez, clay, Cray, day, dey, dray, eh, fay, fey, flay, fley, frae, fray, Frey, gay, Gay, gey, gley, gray, hay, he, hey, Hue, j, jay, Jay, k, kay, Kay, lay, lei, may, nay, né, née, neigh, Ney, pay, pe, play, pray, prey, qua, quai, quay, Rae, ray, re, say, shay, slay, sleigh, spae, spay, Spey, splay, spray, stay, stray, sway, Tay, they, tray, trey, way, whey, yea
Definition of weigh
: way —used in the phrase under weigh
Origin of weigh
alteration of way
First Known Use: 1777
WEIGH Defined for Kids
Definition of weigh for Students
1 : to have weight or a specified weight <It weighs one pound.>
2 : to find the weight of <Use a scale to weigh the apples.>
3 : to think about as if weighing <He weighed their chances of winning.>
4 : to lift an anchor before sailing
: to cause to bend down
Headscratcher for weigh
Weigh, way, and whey sound the same but have different spellings and meanings. To weigh is to measure how heavy something is. A way is a path or road. Whey is the part of milk separated from the curd that Little Miss Muffet liked to eat!
Medical Definition of weigh
1: to ascertain the heaviness of by or as if by a balance
2: to measure or apportion (a definite quantity) on or as if on a scale
intransitive verb: to have a certain amount of heaviness : experience a specific force due to gravity
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