weigh

verb
\ ˈwā How to pronounce weigh (audio) \
weighed; weighing; weighs

Definition of weigh

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to ascertain the heaviness of by or as if by a balance
2a : outweigh
c : to make heavy : weight often used with down
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

intransitive verb

1a : to have a certain heaviness : experience a specific force due to gravity
b : to register a weight (as on a scales) used with in or out — compare weigh in
2 : to merit consideration as important : count evidence will weigh heavily against him
3a : to press down with or as if with a heavy weight
b : to have a saddening or disheartening effect guilt weighed on my mind
4 : to weigh anchor

weigh

noun

Definition of weigh (Entry 2 of 2)

: way used in the phrase under weigh

Other Words from weigh

Verb

weighable \ ˈwā-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce weigh (audio) \ adjective
weigher noun

Synonyms for weigh

Synonyms: Verb

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Verb

consider, study, contemplate, weigh mean to think about in order to arrive at a judgment or decision. consider may suggest giving thought to in order to reach a suitable conclusion, opinion, or decision. refused even to consider my proposal study implies sustained purposeful concentration and attention to details and minutiae. study the plan closely contemplate stresses focusing one's thoughts on something but does not imply coming to a conclusion or decision. contemplate the consequences of refusing weigh implies attempting to reach the truth or arrive at a decision by balancing conflicting claims or evidence. weigh the pros and cons of the case

Examples of weigh in a Sentence

Verb 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Moderna's announcement comes ahead of a meeting of the regulator's outside vaccine advisers, scheduled for later this month, that will weigh key decisions around potential changes to COVID-19 boosters that may be administered this fall. Alexander Tin, CBS News, 8 June 2022 In addition to evaluating the policy implications and amount of any potential student loan forgiveness, Biden must weigh the political ramifications. Zack Friedman, Forbes, 6 June 2022 As an adult, a tortoise can weigh more than 880 pounds and live up to 200 years, according to Tropiquarium. Camille Fine, USA TODAY, 5 June 2022 The task force could weigh policies concerning education, the environment, cultural institutions, voting and more. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 1 June 2022 The gravity of the moment, carrying a no-hitter into the final frame of the Boston City League softball championship Saturday, did not weigh on her shoulders. Cam Kerry, BostonGlobe.com, 28 May 2022 Moose antlers can weigh up to 25 pounds each and span up to six feet wide. Fox News, 21 May 2022 Any kind of weakening demand in China for European goods could weigh heavily on the region too. Caitlin Mccabe, WSJ, 20 May 2022 The potential funding threat doesn't weigh too heavily on Regent Vice President Karen Walsh, who spearheaded the search committee that selected Mnookin over four other finalists. Kelly Meyerhofer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of weigh

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1777, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for weigh

Verb

Middle English weyen, from Old English wegan to move, carry, weigh — more at way

Noun

alteration of way

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Weigert's method

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15 Jun 2022

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More Definitions for weigh

weigh

verb
\ ˈwā How to pronounce weigh (audio) \
weighed; weighing

Kids Definition of weigh

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
weigh down
: to cause to bend down

weigh

transitive verb
\ ˈwā How to pronounce weigh (audio) \

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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