carry weight


: to be important or meaningful especially in influencing others
He was considered a man of solid judgment, and his opinion upon all matters, private and public, carried weight.Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Her opinion carries a lot of weight with us, and we often seek out her advice before making any important decision.
Your promises would carry more weight [=be more meaningful] if you didn't break them so often.

Examples of carry weight in a Sentence

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“Carry weight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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