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Definition of weight

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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 Hyaluronic acid holds a thousand times its weight in water. Nicole Catanese, Good Housekeeping, "Ask an Expert: How Can I Rehab Sun Damaged Skin?," 3 Aug. 2020 Thankfully the particular project that had so fully absorbed me eventually collapsed under its own absurd weight. Kyle Hegarty, Quartz at Work, "Even small changes can help you combat workplace burnout," 31 July 2020 One of China’s largest property companies threw its weight behind smaller peer Tahoe Group, potentially offering hope to many households that have made big outlays on unfinished apartments. Xie Yu, WSJ, "Chinese Property Giant Vanke Takes Stake in Ailing Rival Tahoe," 31 July 2020 Former President Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders threw their weight Thursday behind ending the Senate filibuster to thwart Republican opposition, which would remove a major barrier to Democrats’ plans for major climate change legislation. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy, presented by API: New heavyweight support for ending the filibuster," 31 July 2020 While its edges are somewhat firm, the center is almost soupy at room temperature, sunken from its own weight. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area cheesecake Basuku finds a cult following through Instagram for delicate concoctions," 30 July 2020 Without the structure of a commute and standard nine-to-five, my eating habits — and, consequently, my weight — have been fluctuating quicker than Usain Bolt can run 100 yards. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Ashley Graham's Latest Selfie Instantly Validated My Self-Isolation Body," 30 July 2020 Combined with its heavier weight (19 ounces for regular, and 27 for large), the Drift is more suited for car camping than a backcountry excursion. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The 11 Best Travel Pillows for Great Sleep On-the-Go," 22 July 2020 Ahh, Thanksgiving Day—arguably the best holiday of the year, dedicated to spending time with family, eating your weight in the best roast turkey recipes and Grandma's famous stuffing recipes and perfecting your Thanksgiving table setting. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "32 Best Thanksgiving Bible Verses to Enjoy After (or During!) Your Turkey Dinner," 19 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And there's definitely some promising animal research linking ginger to weight management. Good Housekeeping, "9 Surprising Health Benefits of Ginger You Need to Know About," 30 June 2020 This combination creates the most rigid construction that effectively transfers weight across the suspension system. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Backpacking Backpacks, Tested," 24 June 2020 Fill a clean quart jar with water and use it to weight down the plate. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Why you should embrace fermentation — yes, fermentation — when cooking at home," 21 Jan. 2020 The biggest changes are in how the ONS proposes to weight data usage against older services such as voice calls and texts and in how the underlying index is constructed. The Economist, "Economic data Has the ONS solved the “productivity problem”?," 11 July 2020 The poll was weighted for age and the propensity to be online. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Majority of voters support DOJ dropping Flynn case: Poll," 18 May 2020 The data were weighted to be representative of the Texas register voter population. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Texans wary of flying because of coronavirus, cautious about in-person shopping, Dallas News-UT Tyler poll shows," 2 May 2020 Climate Nexus then weighted the responses from each state in line with Census Bureau estimates of local age, gender, race, education, and Hispanic demographics. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "Voters Really Care About Climate Change," 21 Feb. 2020 But this support, like support for the Democratic Party, is weighted towards populous states. In the Senate, all states are equal. The Economist, "The politics and history behind Donald Trump’s impeachment," 12 Dec. 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.

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

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“Weight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weight. Accessed 12 Aug. 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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