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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She is being fed 15 times a day and now weighs around 65 pounds, but Nantarika says Mariam is still a bit underweight. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Friendly Baby Dugong Becomes Conservation Symbol in Thailand," 3 July 2019 The latter is weighing pretty heavily on a grieving Peter Parker (Tom Holland) because everyone assumes Spider-Man is now the top-ranking Avenger by default and expects him to become the new Iron Man. Chancellor Agard, EW.com, "Spider-Man: Far From Home," 2 July 2019 The type of armored tactical vehicles under consideration for this year's July Fourth celebration can weigh 60 tons or more, and some, such as Abrams tanks, have tracks that can be particularly damaging. cleveland.com, "President Trump asks for military tanks on the Mall as part of grandiose July Fourth event," 1 July 2019 At a time when mounting bullpen workloads appear to be weighing on several late-innings options like a boulder, is there a solution for the team? Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "The Red Sox are blowing a lot of saves. Can they fix that?," 26 June 2019 The hunt for affordability continues to weigh heavily on the market and is creating a significant variation in rates of home price appreciation, according to the National Association of Realtors. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Home affordability study offers glimmer of hope to Denver buyers," 26 June 2019 Budget writers in many of Texas’ largest cities, including San Antonio, are weighing whether to max out their property tax collections in response to a new state law limiting those collections. Joshua Fechter, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio homeowners may get some property tax relief after City Council vote Monday," 24 June 2019 The long-wide MegaMat Duo weighs 10.2 pounds and packs down to the same size. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "Couples Camping Gear Just Got Even Better," 20 June 2019 Chief among them is the escalating China-U.S. conflict, which has expanded beyond tariffs in recent months to encompass parts of the tech industry and threatens to weigh on global economic growth. Carol Zhong, Fortune, "'You Can’t Not Be There': Why Wall Street Is Lending Billions to China's Hottest Tech Unicorns," 12 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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