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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The government will rapidly weigh that recommendation in deciding next steps. Dallas News, "U.S. health panel urges restarting Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccinations," 23 Apr. 2021 Taking Prescott’s new four-year, $160 million extension into account, the Browns must weigh the merits of doing the extension this summer or waiting until next offseason. cleveland, "Browns pick up fifth-year options for Baker Mayfield and Denzel Ward, worth $18.86 million and $13.294 million, respectively, for 2022," 23 Apr. 2021 The gadget would weigh under 200 grams, the leaker said, with the current prototype weighing up to 300 grams. Chris Smith, BGR, "Trusted leaker says Apple mixed reality glasses will launch in 2022," 23 Apr. 2021 The government will rapidly weigh that recommendation in deciding next steps. Lauran Neergaard, Anchorage Daily News, "CDC panel urges restarting Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccinations," 23 Apr. 2021 The government will rapidly weigh that recommendation in deciding next steps. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Star Tribune, "Honolulu bribery scandal prompts permit department overhaul," 23 Apr. 2021 The judge will also weigh those statements in determining a sentence. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "Derek Chauvin faces decades in prison, but he could serve far less," 22 Apr. 2021 Those liabilities could weigh on airlines over time, especially if sales begin to sag. New York Times, "Once Crippled by the Pandemic, Airlines See a Fast Recovery Coming," 22 Apr. 2021 However, considering Mainland investors’ enthusiasm for the company, the announcement could weigh on Ant’s valuation. Brendan Ahern, Forbes, "Shanghai Auto Show Leads Fast & Furious Rally In China," 19 Apr. 2021

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

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28 Apr 2021

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“Weigh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weigh. Accessed 10 May. 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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