\ˈwā \
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

b : counterbalance

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



Definition of weigh (Entry 2 of 2)

: way used in the phrase under weigh

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Other Words from weigh


weighable \ ˈwā-​ə-​bəl \ adjective
weigher noun

Choose the Right Synonym for weigh


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


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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Rudy Giuliani said Sunday that President Trump is still weighing whether to agree to an interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Shane Harris, BostonGlobe.com, "Giuliani advises Trump not to pardon Cohen, says ‘it would just confuse everything’," 8 July 2018 But the days since have been a rollercoaster of hope and anxiety as authorities weighed extraction plans, each uniquely perilous. Time, "Divers Begin Rescue Operation to Free 12 Boys and Their Soccer Coach Trapped in a Thai Cave," 8 July 2018 Maya Tisdale was born in 2013 as a micro preemie, weighing one pound and 10 ounces. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "This Michigan girl, 4, with cerebral palsy just took her first steps," 6 July 2018 According to the group, the foal weighed a mere 33 pounds, well below the average foal weight, Netherlands said. Kimberly Rapanut, azcentral, "Volunteers nursing abandoned wild Salt River foal back to health," 5 July 2018 And while President Trump weighs his Supreme Court options, America's left is already acting apocalyptic. Fox News, "Kellyanne Conway responds to Democrats' calls to abolish ICE," 3 July 2018 The Danish model and actress, 54, gave PEOPLE an exclusive look at the little raven-haired beauty, who arrived safely in a Los Angeles hospital on Friday, June 22, weighing 5 lbs. Gillian Telling, PEOPLE.com, "Meet Frida! Brigitte Nielsen, 54, Shares a Sneak Peek at Her Newborn Baby Girl," 27 June 2018 This is why a whale is far heavier than a dinosaur of the same size; Supersaurus, estimated at about the same length as the largest blue whale, weighed less than half as much. Brian Switek, Smithsonian, "Today’s Whales Are Huge, But Why Aren’t They Huger?," 27 June 2018 Feeling very lucky to have a healthy baby girl that arrived at 4.45pm weighing 3.31kg (7.3lb) Thank you so much for your best wishes and your kindness. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Is the First World Leader to Take Maternity Leave," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of weigh


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


1777, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for weigh


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


alteration of way

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The first known use of weigh was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners 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


\ˈwā \
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

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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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