to determine or ascertain the force that gravitation exerts upon (a person or thing) by use of a balance, scale, or other mechanical device: to weigh oneself; to weigh potatoes; to weigh gases.
to hold up or balance, as in the hand, in order to estimate the weight.
to measure, separate, or apportion (a certain quantity of something) according to weight (usually followed by out): to weigh out five pounds of sugar.
to make heavy; increase the weight or bulk of; weight: We weighed the drapes to make them hang properly.
to evaluate in the mind; consider carefully in order to reach an opinion, decision, or choice: to weigh the facts; to weigh a proposal.
Archaic. to raise, lift, or hoist (something).
Obsolete. to think important; esteem.
to have weight or a specified amount of weight: to weigh less; to weigh a ton.
to have importance, moment, or consequence: Your recommendation weighs heavily in his favor.
to bear down as a weight or burden (usually followed by on or upon): Responsibility weighed upon her.
to consider carefully or judicially: to weigh well before deciding.
(of a ship) to raise the anchor and get under way: The ship weighed early and escaped in the fog.
to cause to become bowed under a weight: snow and ice weighing down the trees.
(of a boxer or wrestler) to be weighed by a medical examiner on the day of a bout.
to be of the weight determined by such a weighing: He weighed in at 170 pounds.
(of a jockey) to be weighed with the saddle and weights after a race.
Informal. to offer an opinion, advice, support, etc., especially in a forceful or authoritative way: The chairman weighed in with an idea for the fundraiser.
weigh out, Horse Racing. (of a jockey)
to be weighed with the saddle and weights before a race.
to be of the weight determined by such a weighing.
Idioms about weigh
weigh anchor, Nautical. to heave up a ship's anchor in preparation for getting under way.
weigh one's words. word (def. 30).
- weigh·a·ble, adjective
- weigher, noun
- un·weigh·a·ble, adjective
- un·weigh·ing, adjective
- well-weighed, adjective
- way, weigh
Other definitions for weigh (2 of 2)
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How to use weigh in a sentence
A few well respected PPC influencers weighed in on the impact of this change on Twitter.How much does Google’s new search term filtering affect ad spend transparency? Here’s how to find out | Frederick Vallaeys | September 16, 2020 | Search Engine Land
Consider that 50cc bikes have claimed weights of around 90–110 pounds, 65cc are around 130 pounds, 85cc tip scales at 165 pounds, 110cc about 159–170, and 125cc machines weigh approximately 196–207 pounds.Your kid wants a dirt bike. Here’s what to buy them. | By Serena Bleeker/Dirt Rider | September 4, 2020 | Popular-Science
This makes it hard to weigh the benefits versus the risks of using these drugs to treat ARDS.Corticosteroids can help COVID-19 patients with severe respiratory distress | Kat Eschner | September 3, 2020 | Popular-Science
This scooter weighs just over 10 pounds and is easily foldable so you can quickly hop off and pack it up whenever you reach your next destination.
Now it is weighing the removal of two of those three pillars.As AT&T considers downsizing its media business, whither WarnerMedia? | Tim Peterson | September 2, 2020 | Digiday
Its purpose is not to try the case, seek both sides of the argument, or weigh the relative merits of each.Awaiting the Grand Jury, Dread in Ferguson and America | Gene Robinson | November 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Young male and female fashion models are told how to look, what to eat, and how much they can weigh.
Nevertheless, the expectation that every African-American star or hip-hop hero must weigh in on Ferguson is a problematic one.Not Every Black Celebrity Has to Take a Stand on Ferguson | Amy Zimmerman | August 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When it falls unconscious, a ground crew drags the beast—which can weigh up to 5,000 lbs—into a net strapped to the chopper.
This being a major national news story, it makes perfect sense that the president would weigh in.This Fox News Personality Has the Absolute Dumbest Things to Say About the Michael Brown Tragedy | Asawin Suebsaeng | August 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
On the 2nd of July, we again attempted to weigh anchor, but with no better success than the day before.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
Without waiting to think and weigh his extraordinary impression, he did a very foolish but a very natural thing.Three More John Silence Stories | Algernon Blackwood
I had put my arms about her waist, and I felt her supple body weigh lightly on my clasped hands.Camille (La Dame aux Camilias) | Alexandre Dumas, fils
According to the Koran, an angel will weigh both men and women in a great balance; this idea, too, is taken from the magi.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10) | Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
If you would escape Time's bruises and his heavy burdens which weigh you to the earth, you must be drunken.Charles Baudelaire, His Life | Thophile Gautier
British Dictionary definitions for weigh (1 of 2)
(tr) to measure the weight of
(intr) to have weight or be heavy: she weighs more than her sister
(tr often foll by out) to apportion according to weight
(tr) to consider carefully: to weigh the facts of a case
(intr) to be influential: his words weighed little with the jury
(intr often foll by on) to be oppressive or burdensome (to)
obsolete to regard or esteem
weigh anchor to raise a vessel's anchor or (of a vessel) to have its anchor raised preparatory to departure
- weighable, adjective
- weigher, noun
British Dictionary definitions for weigh (2 of 2)
under weigh a variant spelling of under way
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