\ 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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for weight

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Eventually, the weight of their cultural gaps and the pressure of acting as a bridge between her partner and her parents, compounded by the natural ups and downs of a new relationship, were too much to bear. Anumita Kaurstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2022 An operating manual for the Orlando FreeFall ride says the maximum passenger weight is just over 286 pounds. Adam Sabes, Fox News, 4 May 2022 The weight of the skirt as well as the warm beige tones are reminiscent of a Titanic-era gown, but with a bit more skin showing. Sam Reed, Glamour, 2 May 2022 By one measure, the weight of all plastic ever produced is now greater than all land and marine animals combined. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 The weight of Greater China is now 19% up from 15% in FY2019. Kevin Rozario, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 True or False: The weight of annual plastic waste production across the globe is nearly equivalent to that of the entire human population. Tori B. Powell, CBS News, 19 Apr. 2022 The ride’s maximum rider weight is around 285 pounds. NBC News, 19 Apr. 2022 The weight of the moment was almost too much for Mitchell, who was a coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers for 24 years. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 16 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Partially weight the ball, but keep your feet grounded, your core strong, and your glutes engaged. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, 28 June 2020 The heft adds to the luxury impression although some people could find the size and weight a little on the chunky size. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 10 Apr. 2022 Rather than weighting all Pell students equally, the formula could weight a student receiving a $6,000 Pell Grant six times higher than a student receiving a $1,000 Pell Grant. Preston Cooper, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 Males typically weight around 8 pounds and are 22 inches in length. The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Feb. 2022 The whales, which can weight 135,000 pounds have been a focus of conservationists for generations. Patrick Whittle, USA TODAY, 27 Oct. 2021 Furthermore, management notes that uncertainty related to COVID-19, labor availability, and supply chain disruptions continue to weight on results. David Trainer, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 Another approach would be to increase the amount of beef that is being produced by farming breeds of cows that convert feed to weight more efficiently. Matt Reynolds, Wired, 17 Jan. 2022 The batteries in motorcycles Zaiser will be competing with from Zero and others can weight hundreds of pounds and so far, no major electric motorcycle maker features a quick-swap or removable battery. Bill Roberson, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 See More

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.

Keep scrolling for 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

Buying Guide

Our Reviews team has selected the best weight benches.

Learn More About weight

Time Traveler for weight

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near weight




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for weight

Last Updated

17 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Weight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weight. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for weight


\ 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

More from Merriam-Webster on weight

Nglish: Translation of weight for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of weight for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about weight


Test Your Vocabulary

Eponyms: Words Named After People

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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