weigh

verb
\ ˈwā \
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 \ 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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That’s fast for a 15-kW, 3,000-rpm enduro-style bike weighing just under 150 lb. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "This Swedish E-Motorbike Is Boxy, Beautiful, and Badass," 8 Feb. 2019 Born on 2/4/19 weighing 7lbs 12oz and looking identical to her older brother. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Jason Aldean's Wife Brittany Just Gave Birth to Their Baby Girl," 5 Feb. 2019 The company grounded its operation, while Khosrowshahi weighed whether to pull the plug altogether. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Uber," 29 Dec. 2018 The judges who have been confirmed will also likely serve for decades and play a pivotal role in decisions weighing everything from the preservation of DACA protections to the legality of voter suppression tactics. Li Zhou, Vox, "Trump has gotten 66 judges confirmed this year. In his second year, Obama had gotten 49.," 27 Dec. 2018 For measure, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is three times the size of France and weighs as much as 43,000 cars. Tabor Wordelman, Teen Vogue, "You Can't Just "Clean Up" the Plastic in the Ocean. Here's Why.," 18 Dec. 2018 Pippa welcomed baby Arthur on October 15 at 1:58 p.m. London time, weighing 8 pounds and 9 ounces, royal correspondents reported at the time. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton's Son's Name Was Reportedly Revealed and It Sounds So Royal," 12 Nov. 2018 What’s crazier is that the current Alienware 13, with a 13.3-inch screen, actually weighs more than the new m15, with its 15.6-inch screen. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Hands on with Alienware m15: The thinnest 15-inch Alienware laptop ever made," 4 Oct. 2018 All told, the vehicle weighs just over 2,000 pounds. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Biomega unveils a radically simple electric vehicle," 27 Nov. 2018

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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 \
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 \

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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