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 weigh (audio) \ adjective
weigher noun

Synonyms for weigh

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Big picture: Beijing is increasingly worried that a declining birth rate will weigh on the country's economy, which relies on a young workforce to support an aging population and keep up high levels of growth. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 1 June 2021 But rising inflation won’t just weigh on your travel budget or your shopping bills. Alex Connor, USA TODAY, 31 May 2021 Smart businesses will weigh their options, set their course, and align their marketing and communications with their corporate values — before communicating to the public. Dorothy Crenshaw, Forbes, 21 May 2021 The state’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board will weigh these potential changes on Thursday. Laura Newberry, Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2021 The justices will specifically weigh whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional, according to an order issued Monday. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 17 May 2021 The Colts don’t traditionally carry six cornerbacks and 10 total defensive backs, but special teams will weigh heavily here. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, 11 May 2021 The key to regret minimization comes from understanding yourself as an investor and which emotions will weigh on you the most. Ben Carlson, Fortune, 29 Apr. 2021 Had the play-in been in effect, the Heat would have had to weigh pushing for a playoff seed against the top-seeded 60-22 Atlanta Hawks or protecting their lottery interests. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 3 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of weigh was before the 12th century

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3 Jun 2021

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“Weigh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weigh. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for weigh

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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