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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Which, at his age, and weight — Cabrera weighs 249 pounds, according to the team’s 2019 media guide — will be a task akin to hitting for the Triple Crown. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "The Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera problem just got worse," 5 June 2019 The missing man, Roe Edwards, is black and has black hair and brown eyes, stands 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 176 pounds, police said. Jeanne Houck, Cincinnati.com, "Have you seen this 73-year-old missing man?," 5 June 2019 The heaviest bobcat Roberts has handled in Wisconsin weighed 42 pounds; most are closer to 20. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: When it comes to wildcats in Wisconsin, bobcats are king," 5 June 2019 The bandit was described 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing around 210 pounds, with a muscular build. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Gunman robs truck stop in Otay Mesa," 5 June 2019 Every member of the Blues’ blue line stands over 6 feet and weighs more than 200 pounds, led by the 6-foot-6, 230-pound Colton Parayko. Isabelle Khurshudyan, The Denver Post, "Stanley Cup Final shows there’s still room for “heavy” hockey in NHL," 4 June 2019 Hafeman is described as a white male with gray hair and hazel eyes, approximately 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighing about 170 pounds. Claire Rafford, azcentral, "MCSO: 97-year-old Sun Lakes man missing since Sunday," 4 June 2019 Leonard was described as a black male who is 6 feet tall and weighs 160 pounds. Ivana Hrynkiw | Ihrynkiw@al.com, al.com, "Police search for missing man with mental illness," 4 June 2019 Brunswick spans 8 feet 9 inches and weighs more than 430 pounds, according to his Ocearch profile. Lillian Reed, baltimoresun.com, "Great white shark detected near Ocean City," 3 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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