weight·​ed | \ˈwā-təd \

Definition of weighted 

1 : made heavy : loaded weighted silk

2a : having a statistical weight attached a weighted test score

b : compiled or calculated from weighted data a weighted mean

Examples of weighted in a Sentence

The head of the golf club was weighted.

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Jones now lives with his family in Truckee, on the California side of Lake Tahoe, and spends long days hiking with a weighted pack, training for uncharted slopes in the backcountry of the Sierra Nevada. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Dude, Where’s the Snow?," 20 Nov. 2017 The typical birdbath consists of a bowl that sits on a weighted pedestal to prevent tipping over. Kirk Sides, Houston Chronicle, "Birdbaths offer cool dip and sip in summer heat," 5 June 2018 Among the largest weighted stocks in the Dow are UnitedHealth, Goldman Sachs, Home Depot, and Apple. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "GE is dropped from Dow Jones industrial average," 19 June 2018 Each group draws for priority with a weighted system (similar to the NBA draft lottery). Nat Newell, Indianapolis Star, "Colts could make a selection in NFL supplemental draft," 9 July 2018 Xiaomi was the first to file for a Hong Kong IPO with a weighted-voting rights structure after the city’s bourse changed rules last month. Fortune, "Xiaomi Said to Seek June 7 Listing Hearing for $10 Billion IPO," 25 May 2018 Ledesma received 45 percent of a weighted poll that included the USL Technical Committee, a national panel of independent media representing every USL market and an online fan vote held at USLSoccer.com. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati's Emmanuel Ledesma named USL Player of the Month for June," 12 July 2018 Hula Hoop Fitness Class Adults can join trainer Connie Mullen and learn how to be fit by using a weighted hula hoop. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Boynton Beach area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 These four categories were broken down into a total of 29 sub-metrics—number of car thefts and the cost of gas, for example—each of which had a weighted value. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "These Are the 10 Worst Cities for Driving in 2018," 12 July 2018

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1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Financial Definition of weighted

What It Is

Weighted refers to the mathematical practice of adjusting the components of an index to reflect the importance of certain characteristics.

How It Works

Here is information about five stocks.

If we wanted to create an unweighted index of the price performance of these five companies, we might average their stock prices and call it a day (i.e., we would calculate the average as $8.60).

However, this unweighted average doesn’t take into account the issuers’ actual sizes or the number of shares outstanding (in other words, without reflecting the issuers’ true heft in the economy). The tiny companies can sway the index as much as the more significant companies. Accordingly, if one of the higher-priced stocks (Company D, in our example) has a huge price increase, the index is more likely to increase even if the other, more meaningful companies in the index decline in value at the same time.

Thus, we could create a weighted index to give more weight to the bigger issuers. We could do this by multiplying the share price by the shares outstanding, summing the totals, and then dividing by the total shares outstanding:

Why It Matters

In the finance world, some indexes are weighted and some are not. It is important to understand how indexes are weighted so that you can understand what influences those indexes, what the index really conveys, and whether the index is relevant to your investment objectives.

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English Language Learners Definition of weighted

: held in place or made heavier by a weight

—used to say that something favors or does not favor a particular person, group, etc.

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