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
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

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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 Thompson, an unrestricted free agent this summer, will weigh all of his options. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Andre Drummond says he will pick up player option and stay with Cleveland Cavaliers," 23 June 2020 Concerns about job stability and the resurgence of Covid-19 cases in Beijing will likely weigh on consumption, which economists forecast to remain in contraction for 2020. Fortune, "Economists are increasingly optimistic about China’s economic recovery and GDP growth," 23 June 2020 Implicit biases can weigh BIPOC down every day—and destroy their lives in an instant. Candice Wang, Popular Science, "Anti-Black bias affects just about everyone. What’s the best way to deal with implicit racism?," 17 June 2020 As colleges and universities across the country prepare to reopen in the fall, Bay Area faculty members weigh the risks and challenges of resuming in-person instruction. Kellie Hwang, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: The elusive key to developing a coronavirus vaccine," 15 June 2020 There’s only a handful of LBs in the entire NFL who can even dream of doing that, and none of them weigh over 250 pounds as Vander Esch does. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 Cowboys who will soar in 2020, including how Xavier Woods can evolve into a Pro Bowl-caliber safety," 15 June 2020 The process is designed to weigh the lawfulness of how a government decision was reached, rather than on whether the decision is right or wrong. Ellen Milligan, Bloomberg.com, "Boris Johnson Faces Fury of Europe’s Biggest Airlines in Court," 14 June 2020 All these factors weigh on people with genetic predispositions for depression and anxiety. Dian Zhang, USA TODAY, "FDA data show numerous drugs in shortage. Among them: a leading antidepressant," 10 June 2020 Ultimately, the police chief would weigh both and decide on any disciplinary action. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Phoenix approves budget with fully-funded police civilian oversight office," 8 June 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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Last Updated

26 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Weigh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weigh. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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weigh

verb
How to pronounce weigh (audio)

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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