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weigh

verb \ ˈwā \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of weigh

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

play \ˈwā-ə-bəl\ adjective

weigher

noun

Examples of weigh in a Sentence

  1. She weighs herself every morning.

  2. He used a scale to weigh the bananas.

  3. The bananas weigh more than the apples.

  4. How much do you weigh?

  5. You will need to weigh the pros and cons.

  6. He took time to weigh his options.

  7. Her previous experience weighs in her favor.

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Origin and Etymology of weigh

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

weigh Synonyms

Synonyms
count, import, mean, signify, matter
Related Words
affect, concern, influence, sway; add up (to), amount (to)
Near Antonyms
disregard, ignore, overlook, slight; dismiss, pooh-pooh (also pooh), reject

Synonym Discussion of 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

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weigh

noun

Definition of weigh

: way used in the phrase under weigh

Recent Examples of weigh from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of weigh

alteration of way



WEIGH Defined for English Language Learners

weigh

verb

Definition of weigh for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

weigh

verb \ ˈwā \

Definition of weigh for Students

weighed; weighing
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

Headscratcher for weigh

Weigh, way, and whey sound the same but have different spellings and meanings. To weigh is to measure how heavy something is. A way is a path or road. Whey is the part of milk separated from the curd that Little Miss Muffet liked to eat!


Medical Dictionary

weigh

transitive verb \ ˈwā \

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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