\ ˈwāt How to pronounce weight (audio) \

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 combination summer-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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for weight

Synonyms: Noun

avoirdupois, heaviness, heft

Synonyms: Verb

burden, encumber, freight, lade, laden, load, lumber, saddle

Antonyms: Verb

disburden, discharge, disencumber, unburden, unlade, unload

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Choose the Right Synonym for weight


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


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.


I weighted the fishing line with a lead sinker. weighted the car with a ton of furniture and then headed off for college
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Shame and guilt actually have a counter effect on any attempt at weight loss, according to the American Association of Pediatrics. Selene Milano, Glamour, "The WW App for Kids Is Deeply Problematic for Me as a Mom," 20 Aug. 2019 Wisconsin state health officials say both pediatric and adult patients are exhibiting symptoms including shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, cough and weight loss. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Nearly 100 People Have Reported Lung Diseases That May Be Linked to Vaping, and the CDC Is Getting Involved," 19 Aug. 2019 In many of the illnesses, people experience shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, cough, and weight loss, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported in its outbreak investigation notice. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Vaping linked to 94 mysterious cases of severe lung disease in 14 states," 19 Aug. 2019 Other people reported chest pains, fever, weight loss, nausea and diarrhea. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "CDC investigates link between vaping, mysterious illness; cases reported in 15 states," 19 Aug. 2019 In the past few years, he's cashed in with ABC Nice, luxury watch retailer Daniel Wellington, and weight loss supplements. Jason Parham, WIRED, "When Influencers Switch Platforms—and Bare It All," 19 Aug. 2019 Limiting your calories or water fasting is not used for weight loss but for performance enhancement, as a form of showing toughness and mental grit. Alex Kuczynski, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside Silicon Valley's Dangerous New Obsession With Fasting," 17 Aug. 2019 Gluten is also problematic for the 1% of the population that has celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder in which gluten attacks the small intestine and can cause painful symptoms like bloating, fatigue, and weight loss. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "Is Wine Gluten-Free? We Asked a Nutritionist," 16 Aug. 2019 In cats, hyperthyroidism is caused by an increase in thyroid hormones and symptoms can include weight loss, increased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and hyperactivity. oregonlive.com, "Could your furniture be causing your cat to develop thyroid disease?," 13 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At tight end, David Njoku, who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.64 seconds despite weighting 246 pounds, provides an athletic mismatch. Matt Gajewski, SI.com, "Fantasy Football 2019: Wide Receiver Position Primer," 8 Aug. 2019 Atlético finally broke through in the 44th minute, when midfielder Marcos Llorente flashed into the box to collect a well-weighted through ball and bury it past goalkeeper Andre Blake. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "MLS All-Star team falls 3-0 to Atlético Madrid squad powered by young star João Félix," 2 Aug. 2019 Each category is equally weighted, supporting the idea, Chee says, that the way in which people deliver their work matters just as much as the end product. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "Finally, a performance review designed to weed out “brilliant jerks”," 22 July 2019 This model weights a little over half a pound and features two USB ports — one more than Anker's. Julianne Ross, CNN Underscored, "Over 20,000 people love these portable chargers," 2 July 2019 Critics warn that an influx of buyers into individual policies could be weighted toward sicker people, raising premiums. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "Your Employee Health Plan Could Soon Look Like Your 401(k)," 21 June 2019 The payouts would likely be awarded in a mix of cash and stock based on performance metrics weighted heavily toward safety, the company said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. J.d. Morris, SFChronicle.com, "PG&E plans nearly $11 million in executive bonuses," 20 June 2019 But as clever as all this may be, Russell has weighted the characters in Orange World with personal crises that—to them—can seem as monumental as global ones. Jake Cline, The Atlantic, "Stories That Ask Whether Humans and Nature Were Always Incompatible," 9 June 2019 The Nasdaq composite, which is heavily weighted with technology stocks, vaulted 176.33 points, or 2.2%, to 8,039.16. Los Angeles Times, "Stocks soar as investors push through anxiety about U.S.-China trade war," 8 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'weight.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about weight

Statistics for weight

Last Updated

25 Aug 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for weight

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for weight



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


\ ˈwāt How to pronounce weight (audio) \

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.


\ ˈwāt How to pronounce weight (audio) \

Medical Definition of weight

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on weight

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with weight

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for weight

Spanish Central: Translation of weight

Nglish: Translation of weight for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of weight for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about weight

Comments on weight

What made you want to look up weight? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to make or get by devious means

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Summer 2019 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a-bowl-of-peach-sorbet-with-cut-peaches-next-to-it
  • Which is a synonym of desideratum?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!