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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 These include low birth weight, impaired cognitive development, insulin hypersensitivity and immune system problems. Judith Finlayson, chicagotribune.com, "Men’s lifestyles can affect babies’ health," 27 Nov. 2019 The Marine Mammal Center said in a tweet that Santos was in decent body condition and being tube-fed to help him hydrate and gain weight. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Adorable baby seal rescued from parking garage by California firefighters then takes a nap," 27 Nov. 2019 Like keto, people have used it to lose weight, control blood sugar levels, and achieve more clarity. Adele Jackson-gibson, Good Housekeeping, "Can You Do Intermittent Fasting While on the Keto Diet?," 26 Nov. 2019 For Davis, though, this is a possible steppingstone to a big-money match with Leo Santa Cruz (37-1-1, 19 knockouts), who has captured world titles in four weight classes. Paul Newberry, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore boxer Gervonta Davis taking step up in weight in pursuit of stardom: ‘I have a lot left in the tank’," 26 Nov. 2019 Moreover, piracetam has significant side-effects, including insomnia, anxiety, agitation, depression, drowsiness, and weight gain. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Researchers find dangerous, FDA-rejected drug in supplements—by reading labels," 26 Nov. 2019 Baltic marine predators were losing weight, and washing machines’ delicate cycles were contributing more microplastics to the oceans than were regular cycles. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 25 Nov. 2019 Shooters in the sporter class use lighter-weight rifles than those in the precision class. Anchorage Daily News, "South shooters set the pace at Jordyn Durr Memorial Cup riflery meet," 24 Nov. 2019 But some state-level polls in 2016 did not weight by education levels, therefore giving short shrift to less educated voters, who tend to be harder to reach. New York Times, "Four Problems With 2016 Trump Polling That Could Play Out Again in 2020," 23 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This sample was weighted according to gender, age, race, and education based on the American Community Survey, conducted by the U.S. Bureau of the Census, as well as 2016 presidential vote. CBS News, "CBS News Battleground Tracker: Buttigieg rises in Iowa and New Hampshire, Biden back atop delegate hunt," 18 Nov. 2019 Due to changes in chart methodology and title turnover rates over the decade, certain periods were weighted differently. Jim Asker, Billboard, "The Decade in Gospel Charts: Hezekiah Walker Deserves 'Praise' and Tamela Mann Is 'Best'," 15 Nov. 2019 Home buyers surveyed had purchased a primary residence between July of 2017 and June of 2018, and the results were geographically weighted to reflect sales volume in varying areas. Michael Kolomatsky, New York Times, "Online Home Buying by Generation," 8 Nov. 2019 However, some argue that the data used to determine the grades offers a limited picture of the schools and is unfairly weighted against low-income schools. azcentral, "Search for your school's 2019 letter grades," 1 Nov. 2019 More important aspects, as ranked by the respondent, were weighted more heavily in the final five-point score. Reade Pickert, chicagotribune.com, "Americans are unhappy at work after years of economic gains," 25 Oct. 2019 Scores for the achievement and growth indicators are weighted, meaning high-scorers earn a school extra points. al, "What grade did your Alabama school earn? Find out here," 18 Oct. 2019 Responses were weighted to reflect demographics of each institution. Anchorage Daily News, "Campus survey indicates widespread sexual misconduct," 15 Oct. 2019 Responses were weighted to reflect demographics of each institution. Nick Anderson, Washington Post, "Survey finds evidence of widespread sexual violence at 33 universities," 15 Oct. 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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weight?show=0&t=1339853036. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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