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Definition of weight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the amount that a thing weighs
b(1) : the standard or established amount that a thing should weigh
(2) : one of the classes into which contestants in a sports event are divided according to body weight
(3) : poundage required to be carried by a horse in a handicap race
2a : a quantity or thing weighing a fixed and usually specified amount
b : a heavy object (such as a metal ball) thrown, put, or lifted as an athletic exercise or contest
3a : a unit of weight or mass — see Metric System Table
b : a piece of material (such as metal) of known specified weight for use in weighing articles
c : a system of related units of weight
4a : something heavy : load
b : a heavy object to hold or press something down or to counterbalance
5a : burden, pressure the weight of their responsibilities
b : the quality or state of being ponderous
6a : relative heaviness : mass
b : the force with which a body is attracted toward the earth or a celestial body by gravitation and which is equal to the product of the mass and the local gravitational acceleration
7a : the relative importance or authority accorded something the weight of her opinions
b : measurable influence especially on others throwing his weight behind the proposal
8 : overpowering force
9 : the quality (such as lightness) that makes a fabric or garment suitable for a particular use or season often used in combinationsummer-weight
10 : a numerical coefficient assigned to an item to express its relative importance in a frequency distribution
11 : the degree of thickness of the strokes of a type character
weight table


weighted; weighting; weights

Definition of weight (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to oppress with a burden weighted down with cares
2a : to load or make heavy with or as if with a weight
b : to increase in heaviness by adding an ingredient
b : to feel the weight of : heft
4 : to assign a statistical weight to
5 : to cause to incline in a particular direction by manipulation the tax structure … which was weighted so heavily in favor of the upper classes— A. S. Link
6 : to shift the burden of weight upon weight the inside ski

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Synonyms & Antonyms for weight

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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importance, consequence, moment, weight, significance mean a quality or aspect having great worth or significance. importance implies a value judgment of the superior worth or influence of something or someone. a region with no cities of importance consequence generally implies importance because of probable or possible effects. the style you choose is of little consequence moment implies conspicuous or self-evident consequence. a decision of great moment weight implies a judgment of the immediate relative importance of something. the argument carried no weight with the judge significance implies a quality or character that should mark a thing as important but that is not self-evident and may or may not be recognized. the treaty's significance

influence, authority, prestige, weight, credit mean power exerted over the minds or behavior of others. influence may apply to a force exercised and received consciously or unconsciously. used her influence to get the bill passed authority implies the power of winning devotion or allegiance or of compelling acceptance and belief. his opinions lacked authority prestige implies the ascendancy given by conspicuous excellence or reputation for superiority. the prestige of the newspaper weight implies measurable or decisive influence in determining acts or choices. their wishes obviously carried much weight credit suggests influence that arises from the confidence of others. his credit with the press

Examples of weight in a Sentence

Noun Please indicate your height and weight on the form. The boat sank under the weight of the cargo. Those columns have to be strong enough to support the weight of the roof. He stays in good shape by lifting weights. I use pie weights to keep the pie crust from bubbling when I bake it. Verb I weighted the fishing line with a lead sinker. weighted the car with a ton of furniture and then headed off for college
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Staying or leaving: Collum’s weight loss qualified him to stay on the show. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "Alabama’s Micah Collum on ‘The Biggest Loser’: 37 pounds lighter and counting," 19 Feb. 2020 These can include encouraging staffers to take care of their health with weight-loss and smoking cessation aids, health screening and coaching and apps to track steps, calories and other metrics. Washington Post, "Small businesses embrace wellness to help retain staffers," 19 Feb. 2020 Long-term meth users also suffer from dental decay, dramatic weight loss, hallucinations, paranoia, anxiety, inability to focus, agitation and more. Terry Demio, Cincinnati.com, "What meth does to your body and why it makes people so manic," 13 Feb. 2020 High intensity interval training that lasts anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes can be really effective for anyone with endurance or weight loss goals. Adele Jackson-gibson, Good Housekeeping, "The Elliptical vs. the Treadmill: Which Is Better for You?," 12 Feb. 2020 Cats infected with coronavirus may exhibit mild diarrhea, fevers, jaundice, fluid acclimation in the chest or abdomen, and weight loss, depending on which strain of the virus is present. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "PET TALK: When to be concerned about coronavirus with your pet," 10 Feb. 2020 Some of that goji juju has been backed up by science with studies touting them sleep aid, weight loss, calmness and other positive outcomes. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Cooking with Paul: Why freeze-dried fruit should be in your pantry at all times," 8 Feb. 2020 But a better and healthier approach to weight loss is something more sustainable. Megan Mccarthy, USA TODAY, "WW (formerly Weight Watchers) and Noom make losing weight easier—which one is right for you?," 5 Feb. 2020 Economic models for health intervention The intellectual property rights of companies that develop novel approaches to weight loss, such as mimicking the effects of exercise, should be protected and rewarded with patent law and other mechanisms. Dana Goldman, The Conversation, "Obesity, second to smoking as the most preventable cause of US deaths, needs new approaches," 27 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Fontaine’s small body was discovered wrapped in a duvet, weighted down by 25 pounds of rocks, in Winnipeg’s Red River. Annie Hylton, Longreads, "Searching For Mackie," 12 Feb. 2020 The index, which is heavily weighted with technology stocks, also notched a record high on Tuesday. Alex Veiga, SFChronicle.com, "Stocks extend rally, sending S&P 500, Nasdaq to all-time highs," 5 Feb. 2020 The Nasdaq composite, which is heavily weighted with technology stocks, climbed 95.07 points, or 1%, to 9,273.93. Washington Post, "Asian shares rise on optimism about US-China trade deal," 14 Jan. 2020 That’s why payment history is the most heavily weighted of the five factors comprising a FICO credit score. Erin Lowry, USA TODAY, "Why you should actually have a credit score," 4 Feb. 2020 And then to just come back and be in my own routine and not have it be weighted on me so much. Condé Nast Traveler, "How Travel Taught Me to Love My Body: Women Who Travel Podcast," 22 Jan. 2020 Though weighted toward the consumer market, much of what’s on display may also be useful to law enforcement, not to mention prying employers or heavy-handed governments. Washington Post, "CES Gadget Show: Surveillance is in - and in a big way," 6 Jan. 2020 Doe contended this showed the process was weighted toward the woman instead of a thorough, fair and independent investigation. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "ASU wrongfully expelled student accused of sexual misconduct, court rules," 30 Dec. 2019 Here is a preliminary list of major auto racing events around Wisconsin, weighted toward the Milwaukee area. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Key dates Wisconsin racing fans should know for 2020," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of weight


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for weight


Middle English wight, weght, from Old English wiht; akin to Old Norse vætt weight, Old English wegan to weigh

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“Weight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weight. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of weight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a measurement that indicates how heavy a person or thing is
: the amount that a person or thing weighs : the heaviness of a person or thing
: a heavy object that is lifted during exercising



English Language Learners Definition of weight (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put a weight on (something) to make it heavier or to keep it from moving


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Kids Definition of weight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the amount that something weighs Her weight is 115 pounds.
2 : the force with which a body is pulled toward the earth
3 : a unit (as a pound) for measuring weight
4 : an object (as a piece of metal) of known weight for balancing a scale in weighing other objects
5 : a heavy object used to hold or press down something
6 : a heavy object lifted during exercise
8 : strong influence The mayor threw his weight behind the proposal.


weighted; weighting

Kids Definition of weight (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to load or make heavy with a weight I weighted the fishing line so it would sink.
2 : to trouble with a burden He was weighted down with worry.


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Medical Definition of weight

1 : the amount that a thing weighs
2 : a unit of weight or mass

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