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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The park's active portion is divided into two multi-acre sections, one for dogs weighing 26 pounds or more and one for smaller dogs. Dennis Sullivan, Daily Southtown, "Dog days of summer: Tinley Park district throws Beach Pawty at Canine Campus park," 9 July 2018 Vehicles over weighing more than 10,001 pounds are out of luck. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Self-Driving Light Trucks Will Be Allowed on California Roads," 13 Apr. 2019 But mini resistance bands take up practically no space and weigh next to nothing. Amy Marturana, SELF, "Why Everyone Should Own a Set of Mini Resistance Bands," 24 Mar. 2019 Materials sensitive to global growth and shares of commodity producers were among the market’s worst performers Friday, another warning sign for investors weighing indicators that show the world economy is slowing. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Commodities, Materials Stocks Are Hit Hard on Growth Worries," 22 Mar. 2019 Joan pulls a portable scale out of her bag and weighs and measures Raelyn. Tracy Saelinger, Woman's Day, "This Nurse Helps New Moms When They're Most Vulnerable," 8 Jan. 2019 These were set on remarkably smooth sandstone slabs, some of which weighed more than 80 tons. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists reconstruct pre-Columbian temple with 3D-printed blocks," 17 Dec. 2018 Some of them are expensive coffee-table books that weigh about 6 pounds—that’s the weight of a slightly underweight newborn. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Sorry Marie Kondo—I Love Mess!," 12 Feb. 2019 Another factor to consider when weighing risk: your goals. Ellen Sheng, Marie Claire, "Women Need to Think About Investing Differently Than Men," 30 Jan. 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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