weigh

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verb

weighed; weighing; weighs

transitive verb

1
: to ascertain the heaviness of by or as if by a balance
2
a
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

1
a
: 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
3
a
: 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
weighable adjective
weigher noun

weigh

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noun

: way
used in the phrase under weigh
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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
But to build a case, agents would need authorization from a high-level committee that would weigh possible implications for U.S. foreign policy. Mary Beth Sheridan, Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2024 Yet, with the economy weaker-than-expected and the yen depreciating past the 150 level versus the dollar recently, the central bank must weigh the tradeoffs entailed in combatting inflation when the economy is soft. Nick Sargen, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 Bags weighing more than 100 pounds will not be accepted. John Tufts, The Courier-Journal, 23 Feb. 2024 The First-Team All-ACC will fit right into to the Pittsburgh mold at corner, standing 6-2 and weighing 185 pounds. Ayrton Ostly, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2024 Phillip Jones is 5 feet, 7 inches, weighs 154 pounds, has a facial hair patch and tattoos on his neck, left jawline and forehead. Jose R. Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, 23 Feb. 2024 The monument weighed about 13,000 pounds, archaeologists said. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 23 Feb. 2024 That’s like 65,000 basketballs going by, every second, that are filled with water and weigh 62 pounds apiece, said Los Angeles County public works director Mark Pestrella. Rong-Gong Lin Ii, Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2024 The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism released a report in 2023 that found respondents often weighed their renewal of news subscriptions against digital streaming services. Clare Malone, The New Yorker, 10 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

Noun

alteration of way

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

1777, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Weigh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weigh. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

weigh

verb
ˈwā
1
a
: to find the heaviness of
weighed the bag of onions on a scale
b
: to have weight or a certain weight
he weighs 200 pounds
2
a
: to consider carefully : ponder
weigh your chances of winning
b
: to be important : count
the evidence will weigh heavily against him
3
: to raise before sailing
weigh anchor
4
: to measure on or as if on a scale
weigh out several pounds of rice
5
: to press down with or as if with a weight
her worries weigh heavily on her
weigher noun

Medical Definition

weigh

transitive verb
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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