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
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 collegeSee More
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Slowly bend your elbows to lower the weight back down to the starting position.—Jenny McCoy, SELF, 5 Dec. 2023 The small Alpine nation punches above its weight on the international film scene, in large part due to its positioning as an ideal co-production partner, with a skilled, multi-lingual workforce, top-end post-production facilities and competitive state support and tax incentives.—Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Dec. 2023 Jam also changed up his diet to help maintain his weight.—Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 5 Dec. 2023 Stipe insisted on going on long walks every night to take off his extra weight.—Jon Mooallem, New York Times, 3 Dec. 2023 Biden threw his weight behind their cause, making personal appeals to Stellantis and even joining a UAW picket line.—Jeanne Whalen, Washington Post, 3 Dec. 2023 Things got worse Friday when the company said a trial of a twice-a-day weight loss pill showed too many side effects.—Wsj Staff, WSJ, 1 Dec. 2023 Ultimately, for excessive farting, farting with symptoms like weight loss, or general concerns about gas, see a healthcare provider.—Claire Gillespie, Health, 1 Dec. 2023 Shaquille O'Neal says his recent weight loss was inspired by a trip down memory lane.—Nicholas Rice, Peoplemag, 22 Nov. 2023
Based on the average difference between how the district voted and how the country voted overall in the last two presidential elections, with the most recent presidential election weighted 75 percent and the second-most recent presidential election weighted 25 percent.—Nathaniel Rakich, ABC News, 20 Nov. 2023 At the same time, if AI's criteria and weighting become public, there's a risk that applicants will try to game the system.—Dr. Aviva Legatt, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 The steering is quick and well weighted, with a squircle wheel that’s enjoyable to handle.—Steven Ewing, Ars Technica, 6 Nov. 2023 The other two licenses will be awarded on the basis of a lottery, but weighted with priority for local and experienced applicants.—Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Nov. 2023 Given that the average Atlantic sail will weight 50 to 80 pounds, they can be fought on lighter spinning rods instead of the cumbersome tackle often employed by marlin anglers.—Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 9 Nov. 2023 Results were weighted for age, region, race/ethnicity, and education where necessary to align with actual proportions in the population.—Dominique Fluker, Essence, 8 Nov. 2023 The sample was weighted according to gender, age, race, and education based on the U.S. Census American Community Survey and Current Population Survey, as well as past vote.—Jennifer De Pinto, CBS News, 7 Nov. 2023 When weighted for population distribution, the death rate for Latinos rose to 33.3%.—Andrea Flores, Los Angeles Times, 6 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English wight, weght, from Old English wiht; akin to Old Norse vætt weight, Old English wegan to weigh
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a