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 weigh (audio) \ adjective
weigher noun

Synonyms for weigh

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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 Nearly a year into the efforts to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, states continue to weigh whether schools should reopen or keep students home to learn remotely. Ken Lamneck, Forbes, "Governments And Private Partners Must Work To Bridge The Digital Divide," 18 Mar. 2021 But the incidents show how risks from the plant continue to weigh on those who live and work nearby. James Whitlow Delano, WSJ, "Fukushima Nuclear Cleanup Is Just Beginning a Decade After Disaster," 11 Mar. 2021 And the working conditions, uncertainty, and tension of the pre-Spotify era continue to weigh on many of the workers and contractors who lived through Gimlet’s fast rise. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, "What Went Wrong at Gimlet?," 10 Mar. 2021 The recent spike in Covid-19 cases continues to weigh on India Inc’s mind. Prathamesh Mulye, Quartz, "After a rough 2020, India Inc’s confidence level is at a 10-year-high," 7 Mar. 2021 The seesawing could continue in the days and weeks to come as investors continue to weigh whether a boom in economic activity will trigger a rise in prices. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Can stocks shrug off bubble talk? Wall Street thinks so," 2 Mar. 2021 A month into California’s peak storm season, the lack of wet weather is beginning to weigh on the state’s water supply. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "Dismal California snowpack is bad sign for water supplies," 30 Dec. 2020 The changes in Northern Virginia come as other school systems continue to weigh their learning plans. Washington Post, "More Northern Virginia school systems revert to online-only learning," 14 Dec. 2020 A year later, municipalities continue to weigh the environmentally sustainable practice with its often unsustainable budget impacts. Alison Steinbach, The Arizona Republic, "The future of recycling is local collaboration, experts say. Here's what Phoenix-area cities are doing," 25 Nov. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for weigh

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

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4 Apr 2021

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“Weigh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weigh. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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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