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

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Other Words from weigh

Verb

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

Synonyms for weigh

Synonyms: Verb

count, import, matter, mean, signify

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The entire device, including the battery and circuit attached to a strap around the user’s wrist, weighs about one-sixth of a kilogram, about the same as a medium-size apple. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Watch a lightweight glove allow users to ‘feel’ objects in virtual reality," 18 July 2019 Animal care experts estimate the calf was about 5 feet long and weighed about 150 pounds at birth. chicagotribune.com, "Shedd Aquarium officials determine the sex of newborn Beluga whale," 17 July 2019 Wood, who stands 6 feet 10 and weighs 214 pounds, is a three-year NBA veteran who has played for the Philadelphia 76ers, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks and Pelicans. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons take flyer by claiming big man Christian Wood," 17 July 2019 Normally, a charger of this power weighs around 300 kilos [661lbs]. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Formula E racing tech will improve the charger for your electric car," 16 July 2019 In all, the flag weighs between 1,100 and 1,200 pounds. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Big flag requires big planning for All-Star Game spotlight at Progressive Field," 8 July 2019 The half fairing is 43 feet tall, 17 feet wide and weighs nearly 2,200 pounds. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "SpaceX video shows Falcon Heavy fairing return to Earth," 4 July 2019 Together, the metal and wood weighs slightly more than the Brooklyn Bridge. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "Removing the Nickel Plate railroad tracks is a heavy lift. Like hauling away the Brooklyn Bridge.," 21 June 2019 After all, just two cups of water weighs one pound. Cynthia Sass, Health.com, "What Is the Cucumber Diet?," 21 June 2019

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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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weigh

verb

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

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
\ 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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