weigh

1
[ wey ]
/ weɪ /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Verb Phrases

Idioms

    weigh anchor, Nautical. to heave up a ship's anchor in preparation for getting under way.
    weigh one's words. word(def 29).

Origin of weigh

1
before 900; Middle English weghen, Old English wegan to carry, weigh; cognate with Dutch wegen, German wägen, Old Norse vega; akin to Latin vehere

Related forms

Can be confused

way weigh weight
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British Dictionary definitions for weigh down (1 of 3)

weigh down

verb

(adverb) to press (a person) down by or as if by weighthis troubles weighed him down

British Dictionary definitions for weigh down (2 of 3)

weigh

1
/ (weɪ) /

verb


Derived Forms

weighable, adjectiveweigher, noun

Word Origin for weigh

Old English wegan; related to Old Frisian wega, Old Norse vega, Gothic gawigan, German wiegen

British Dictionary definitions for weigh down (3 of 3)

weigh

2
/ (weɪ) /

noun

under weigh a variant spelling of under way

Word Origin for weigh

C18: variation due to the influence of phrases such as to weigh anchor
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Idioms and Phrases with weigh down

weigh down

Burden, oppress, as in Their problems have weighed them down. This expression transfers bowing under a physical weight to emotional burdens. [c. 1600]


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