Weigh definition

(nautical) To raise (anchor).
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To weigh is to determine how heavy something is or how much mass it has.

An example of weigh is when you put something on a scale.

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Way. Used in the phrase under weigh.
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To measure or apportion (a certain quantity) by weight. Often used with out:

Weighed out a pound of cheese.

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To choose carefully or deliberately.

Weigh one's words.

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To be of a specific weight.

The dog weighs nearly 50 pounds.

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To have consequence or importance.

The decision weighed heavily against us.

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(nautical) To raise anchor.
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To cause to bend heavily by added weight. Used with on or upon:

A coating of ice that weighed on the slender branches.

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To be burdensome or oppressive. Used with on or upon:

These concerns have been weighing on us for weeks.

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To determine the weight of by means of a scale or balance.
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To have (a specified) weight [it weighs ten pounds]
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To lift or balance (an object) in the hand or hands, in order to estimate its heaviness or weight.
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To measure out, dole out, or apportion, by or as by weight.
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To consider and choose carefully.

To weigh one's words.

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To balance or ponder in the mind; consider in order to make a choice.

To weigh one plan against another.

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To have significance, importance, or influence.

His word weighed heavily with the jury.

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To be a burden; press or bear down.

The theft weighed on my mind.

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Weigh anchor (see phrase under anchor)
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To determine the weight of an object.
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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.

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(figuratively) To determine the intrinsic value or merit of an object, to evaluate.

You have been weighed in the balance and found wanting.

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To consider a subject.
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To have a certain weight.

I weigh ten and a half stone.

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(intransitive) To have weight; to be heavy; to press down.
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(intransitive) To be considered as important; to have weight in the intellectual balance.
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(nautical) To raise an anchor free of the seabed.
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(intransitive, nautical) To weigh anchor.
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To bear up; to raise; to lift into the air; to swing up.
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Spenser.

All that she so dear did weigh.

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To determine the weight of, as with a scale.

Weighed the tomatoes before buying them.

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To balance in the mind in order to make a choice; ponder or evaluate.

Weighed the alternatives and decided to stay.

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weigh down
  • to make bend downward as with added weight
  • to burden or bear down on so as to oppress or depress
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weigh in
  • 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
  • to enter and participate forcefully, as in a discussion or debate
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weigh in with
  • to introduce or contribute (an idea or opinion) to a discussion, argument, etc.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

weigh in with

Origin of weigh

  • Middle English weien from Old English wegan wegh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Variant (influenced by weigh as in weigh anchor) of way

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English wegan, from Proto-Germanic *weganą, from Proto-Indo-European *wéǵʰe-, *weǵʰ-. Cognate with Scots wey or weich, Dutch wegen, German wiegen, wägen, Danish veje.

    From Wiktionary