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weight

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1 the amount that something weighs
  • because of a back condition, I'm not allowed to lift anything with a weight of over 10 pounds

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3 a mass or quantity of something taken up and carried, conveyed, or transported
  • those books are a heavy weight to have to carry around all day

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4 a special notice or importance given to something
  • put extra weight on the matter by putting it at the top of the agenda

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5 the main or greater part of something as distinguished from its subordinate parts
  • the weight of the evidence supports my conclusion

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6 the power to direct the thinking or behavior of others usually indirectly
  • as a critic he has great weight in the theater world

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7 the condition of having an excess of body fat
  • finally decided to do something about his weight and began a rigorous program of diet and exercise

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weight

verb

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to place a weight or burden on
  • weighted the car with a ton of furniture and then headed off for college

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How does the noun weight differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of weight are consequence, importance, moment, and significance. While all these words mean "a quality or aspect having great worth or significance," weight implies a judgment of the immediate relative importance of something.

the argument carried no weight with the judge

When might consequence be a better fit than weight?

The synonyms consequence and weight are sometimes interchangeable, but consequence generally implies importance because of probable or possible effects.

the style you choose is of little consequence

When is it sensible to use importance instead of weight?

In some situations, the words importance and weight are roughly equivalent. However, importance implies a value judgment of the superior worth or influence of something or someone.

a region with no cities of importance

Where would moment be a reasonable alternative to weight?

While in some cases nearly identical to weight, moment implies conspicuous or self-evident consequence.

a decision of great moment

When can significance be used instead of weight?

The words significance and weight can be used in similar contexts, but 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

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

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“Weight.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/weight. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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