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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The parrot stood over 3 feet tall and weighed about 15.5 pounds, according to a study. Jack Guy, CNN, "A "monster penguin" as big as a human once lived in New Zealand," 14 Aug. 2019 The suspect was described as a 5-foot-10 white man who weighs between 140 and 160 pounds. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man stabbed after confronting thief attempting to break into cars in Rancho Bernardo," 14 Aug. 2019 In a press release, NASA reports those suits weigh about 20 pounds and have the helmet and visor built into the suit instead of being detachable. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Astronauts Test Out Their Sleek New SpaceX Flight Suits," 12 Aug. 2019 Adams is described as a 6-8 black man who weighs about 270 pounds. Dallas News, "21-year-old man last seen in Red Bird found safe, Dallas police say," 12 Aug. 2019 Search and Rescue Volunteer Jan Ophof said the volunteers carry a standard pack of 150 items weighing 25 to 30 pounds on their assignments. Ramona Sentinel, "Community groups spread goodwill at Night Out Against Crime," 10 Aug. 2019 Measuring less than a half-inch thick and weighing just 2.2 pounds, the Galaxy Book S felt predictably slim and light in my hands. Ben Patterson, PCWorld, "Hands-on: Samsung’s Galaxy Book S debuts with the Snapdragon 8cx," 8 Aug. 2019 Banks often look at what competitors are doing in a marketplace when weighing fees, hours, services and policies. cleveland.com, "Cleveland banks get healthier, but there are fewer of them," 28 July 2019 One of the earliest experiments when designers were weighing options in the 1960s, Lewis said, was a hard suit with joints shaped like cones that would allow for more pressure in the spacesuits. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Spacesuits have been bulky since before Apollo 11. A skintight design may change that," 17 July 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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