verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to cause to become bowed under a weight: snow and ice weighing down the trees.
- to lower the spirits of; burden; depress: This predicament weighs me down.
- (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.
- to be weighed with the saddle and weights before a race.
- to be of the weight determined by such a weighing.
- weidman, charles,
- weierstrass approximation theorem,
- weigh down,
- weigh in,
- weigh on,
- weigh one's words,
- weigh up
Origin of weigh1
Origin of weigh2
Examples from the Web for weigh
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|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|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.
That position could be changing now as the president meets with his security advisors to weigh his options.Will U.S. Troops Stand By While ISIS Starves Thousands?|Jacob Siegel|August 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A cubic inch of mercury at this temperature has been ascertained to weigh 0·48967 lbs.A Treatise on Meteorological Instruments|Henry Negretti
She stayed to weigh his words in the balance of her own judgment.Rosa Mundi and Other Stories|Ethel M. Dell
The first question we put to the captain was: “When do you weigh anchor?”A Woman's Journey Round the World|Ida Pfeiffer
Well may we pause then and weigh every chance of happiness, ere we take the last and final step in any great or novel measure.The Headsman|James Fenimore Cooper
He unpacked the basket and proceeded to weigh the butter, talking all the time.White Lilac; or the Queen of the May|Amy Walton
Word Origin for weigh
Word Origin for weigh
Old English wegan "find the weight of, have weight, lift, carry," from Proto-Germanic *weganan (cf. Old Saxon wegan, Old Frisian wega, Dutch wegen "to weigh," Old Norse vega, Old High German wegan "to move, carry, weigh," German wiegen "to weigh"), from PIE *wegh- "to move" (cf. Sanskrit vahati "carries, conveys," vahitram "vessel, ship;" Avestan vazaiti "he leads, draws;" Greek okhos "carriage;" Latin vehere "to carry, convey;" Old Church Slavonic vesti "to carry, convey;" Lithuanian vezu "to carry, convey;" Old Irish fecht "campaign, journey").
The original sense was of motion, which led to that of lifting, then to that of "measure the weight of." The older sense of "lift, carry" survives in the nautical phrase weigh anchor. Figurative sense of "to consider, ponder" (in reference to words, etc.) is recorded from mid-14c.