verb \ˈwā\

Definition of weigh

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

  3. 2a :  outweighb :  counterbalancec :  to make heavy :  weight —often used with down

  4. 3 :  to consider carefully especially by balancing opposing factors or aspects in order to reach a choice or conclusion :  evaluate weighing her options

  5. 4 :  to heave up (an anchor) preparatory to sailing

  6. 5 :  to measure or apportion (a definite quantity) on or as if on a scales

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1a :  to have a certain heaviness :  experience a specific force due to gravityb :  to register a weight (as on a scales) —used with in or out — compare weigh in

  9. 2 :  to merit consideration as important :  count evidence will weigh heavily against him

  10. 3a :  to press down with or as if with a heavy weightb :  to have a saddening or disheartening effect guilt weighed on my mind

  11. 4 :  to weigh anchor


play \ˈwā-ə-bəl\ adjective



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.

Origin and Etymology of weigh

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

First Known Use: before 12th century

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.




Definition of weigh

  1. :  way —used in the phrase under weigh

Origin and Etymology of weigh

alteration of way

First Known Use: 1777

WEIGH Defined for English Language Learners



verb \ˈwā\

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


verb \ˈwā\

Definition of weigh for Students




  1. 1 :  to have weight or a specified weight It weighs one pound.

  2. 2 :  to find the weight of Use a scale to weigh the apples.

  3. 3 :  to think about as if weighing He weighed their chances of winning.

  4. 4 :  to lift an anchor before sailing

weigh down

  1. :  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


verb \ˈwā\

Medical Definition of weigh

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

  2. 2:  to measure or apportion (a definite quantity) on or as if on a scale

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to have a certain amount of heaviness :  experience a specific force due to gravity

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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