a valueless plant growing wild, especially one that grows on cultivated ground to the exclusion or injury of the desired crop.
any undesirable or troublesome plant, especially one that grows profusely where it is not wanted: The vacant lot was covered with weeds.
to free from weeds or troublesome plants; root out weeds from: to weed a garden.
to root out or remove (a weed or weeds), as from a garden (often followed by out): to weed out crab grass from a lawn.
to remove as being undesirable, inefficient, or superfluous (often followed by out): to weed out inexperienced players.
to rid (something) of undesirable or superfluous elements.
to remove weeds or the like.
Idioms about weed
(deep) in / into the weeds, Slang. : Also in deep weeds .
(of a restaurant worker) overwhelmed and falling behind in serving customers: Our waitress was so deep in the weeds that we waited 40 minutes for our burgers.
in trouble; overwhelmed by problems: He knows our marriage is in deep weeds.
involved in the details: I’m in the weeds of planning my wedding.
- weedless, adjective
- weedlike, adjective
- un·weed·ed, adjective
Other definitions for weed (2 of 3)
weeds, mourning garments: widow's weeds.
a mourning band of black crepe or cloth, as worn on a man's hat or coat sleeve.
Often weeds .Archaic.
a garment: clad in rustic weeds.
Other definitions for Weed (3 of 3)
Thur·low [thur-loh], /ˈθɜr loʊ/, 1797–1882, U.S. journalist and politician.
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How to use weed in a sentence
He went to a dispensary, an essential business in his state, and stocked up on weed.
As teens, my friends and I smoked shag weed and smashed cans of Mountain Dew together like Stone Cold Steve Austin there.
As highway work progressed, a crew with a great roaring wood chipper arrived on the traffic island to grind up weeds.How passion, luck and sweat saved some of North America’s rarest plants | Susan Milius | November 5, 2020 | Science News
He urged the state to “please consider creating guidelines for the educational process but avoid getting into the weeds.”Sacramento Report: Enforcement Questions Loom Over Schools, Nursing Homes | Kara Grant and Jared Whitlock | October 30, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Still, given that we were writing about this in 2008, and the offers still pop up like weeds before every election, there’s little chance that the powers that be will actually enforce it this year.Where to find food and drink specials for Election Day 2020 | Fritz Hahn | October 30, 2020 | Washington Post
This system is meant to self-regulate by weeding out the bad eggs.
Transparency and clarity in financial markets have been key factors in weeding out bad actors and fraudsters.How Is America Really Doing? Wharton’s Idea for Better Accountability | Peter Schweizer | July 6, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Jupiter trine Pluto, Friday, sees you weeding out buds who try to tone you down.
We'll keep weeding out the troublesome ones, keep fattening and hobbling the submissive ones.The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks | Max Brooks | January 14, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
As one can imagine, this is a huge project: weeding out Muslim infiltrators in the U.S. government.
The children are engaged in weeding while he waters the beds or prepares the tobacco field for the planting of the tobacco.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
As soon as you can tell "which is which" the work of weeding must begin.Amateur Gardencraft | Eben E. Rexford
Green things were growing—young onions—and the man who was weeding them paused from his labour long enough to sell me a handful.Revolution and Other Essays | Jack London
So I pulled my sunbonnet over my face, and went to weeding the flowerbeds, to get cool.
You have now something of more importance to think about and talk about, than about planting and weeding your garden.The Sheepfold and the Common, Vol. II (of 2) | Timothy East
British Dictionary definitions for weed (1 of 2)
any plant that grows wild and profusely, esp one that grows among cultivated plants, depriving them of space, food, etc
the weed tobacco
informal a thin or unprepossessing person
an inferior horse, esp one showing signs of weakness of constitution
to remove (useless or troublesome plants) from (a garden, etc)
- weeder, noun
- weedless, adjective
- weedlike, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for weed (2 of 2)
rare a black crepe band worn to indicate mourning: See also weeds
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