A woman weighs herself on her bathroom scales.
An example of weigh is when you put something on a scale.
- to determine the weight of by means of a scale or balance
- to have (a specified) weight [it weighs ten pounds]: orig. construed as a vi. and still so construed when used with an adverb
- weight (transitive verb)
- to lift or balance (an object) in the hand or hands, in order to estimate its heaviness or weight
- to measure out, dole out, or apportion, by or as by weight: often with out
- to consider and choose carefully: to weigh one's words
- to balance or ponder in the mind; consider in order to make a choice: to weigh one plan against another
- Naut. see weigh anchor under anchor
Origin of weighMiddle English weien, to weigh, bear from Old English wegan, to carry, bear, akin to German weigan, wägen from Indo-European base an unverified form we?h-, to go, draw from source Old English wæg, a wave, Classical Latin vehere, to carry, bring
- to have significance, importance, or influence: his word weighed heavily with the jury
- to be a burden; press or bear down: with on or upon: the theft weighed on my mind
- Naut. weigh anchor (see phrase under anchor)
- to make bend downward as with added weight
- to burden or bear down on so as to oppress or depress
- to weigh (a boxer, jockey, etc.) before or after a contest in order to verify declared weight
- to be so weighed
- to have one's baggage weighed
- Informal to enter and participate forcefully, as in a discussion or debate
weigh in with
Origin of weighmodified by the notion of “weighing anchor”
verbweighed, weigh·ing, weighs
- a. To determine the weight of, as with a scale: weighed the tomatoes before buying them.b. To measure or apportion (a certain quantity) by weight. Often used with out: weighed out a pound of cheese.
- a. To balance in the mind in order to make a choice; ponder or evaluate: weighed the alternatives and decided to stay.b. To choose carefully or deliberately: weigh one's words.
- Nautical To raise (anchor).
- To be of a specific weight: The dog weighs nearly 50 pounds.
- To have consequence or importance: The decision weighed heavily against us.
- a. To cause to bend heavily by added weight. Used with on or upon: a coating of ice that weighed on the slender branches.b. To be burdensome or oppressive. Used with on or upon: These concerns have been weighing on us for weeks.
- Nautical To raise anchor.
Origin of weighMiddle English weien from Old English wegan ; see wegh- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of weighVariant (influenced by weigh 1 as in weigh anchor )of way
(third-person singular simple present weighs, present participle weighing, simple past and past participle weighed)
- To determine the weight of an object.
- Often with "out", to measure a certain amount of something by its weight, e.g. for sale.
- He weighed out two kilos of oranges for a client.
- (figuratively) To determine the intrinsic value or merit of an object, to evaluate.
- You have been weighed in the balance and found wanting.
- To consider a subject.
- To have a certain weight.
- I weigh ten and a half stone.
- (intransitive) To have weight; to be heavy; to press down.
- (intransitive) To be considered as important; to have weight in the intellectual balance.
- (nautical) To raise an anchor free of the seabed.
- (intransitive, nautical) To weigh anchor.
- To bear up; to raise; to lift into the air; to swing up.
- all that she so dear did weigh