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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to determine or ascertain the force that gravitation exerts upon (a person or thing) by use of a balance, scale, or other mechanical device.

    Category: Physics, Weights and Measures

  2. to measure or apportion (a certain quantity of something) according to weight (usu. fol. by out):

    weighed out five pounds of sugar.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  3. to make heavy; increase the weight or bulk of; weight.

  4. to evaluate in the mind; consider carefully in order to reach an opinion, decision, or choice:

    Let's weigh the facts.

  5. (v.i.)to have weight or a specified amount of weight:

    to weigh less; to weigh a ton.

  6. to have importance, moment, or consequence.

  7. to bear down as a weight or burden (usu. fol. by on or upon):

    Responsibility weighed upon her.

  8. to consider carefully or judicially:

    to weigh well before deciding.

  9. weigh down, to cause to become bowed under a weight. to lower the spirits of; burden; depress.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  10. weigh in, (of a boxer or wrestler) to be weighed by a medical examiner on the day of a bout. (of a jockey) to be weighed with the saddle and weights after a race. to be of the weight determined by such a weighing.

    Category: Sport, Verb Phrase

  11. weigh out, (of a jockey) to be weighed with the saddle and weights before a race. to be of the weight determined by such a weighing.

    Category: Sport, Verb Phrase

Idioms for weigh:

  1. weigh anchor, to heave up a ship's anchor in preparation for getting under way.

    Category: Nautical, Idiom

Origin of weigh:

bef. 900; ME weghen, OE wegan to carry, weigh, c. OS, OHG wegan to move, weigh, ON vega to move, Go gawigan to move, shake; akin to way1, wain


Princeton's WordNet

  1. weigh(verb)

    have a certain weight

  2. consider, count, weigh(verb)

    show consideration for; take into account

    "You must consider her age"; "The judge considered the offender's youth and was lenient"

  3. weigh, librate(verb)

    determine the weight of

    "The butcher weighed the chicken"

  4. count, matter, weigh(verb)

    have weight; have import, carry weight

    "It does not matter much"

  5. weigh, press(verb)

    to be oppressive or burdensome

    "weigh heavily on the mind", "Something pressed on his mind"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. weigh(verb)ɪ

    to have a particular weight

    The box weighs 19 pounds.; How much do you weigh?

  2. weighɪ

    to measure how heavy sb or sth is

    The doctor weighed the baby.

  3. weighɪ

    to think carefully before deciding

    He weighed all the options before choosing this one.


  1. weigh(Verb)

    To determine the weight of an object.

  2. weigh(Verb)

    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.

  3. weigh(Verb)

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

    You have been weighed in the balance and found wanting.

  4. weigh(Verb)

    To consider a subject.

  5. weigh(Verb)

    To have a certain weight.

    I weigh ten and a half stone.

  6. weigh(Verb)

    To raise an anchor free of the seabed.

  7. weigh(Verb)

    To weigh anchor.

  8. Origin: wegan, from Germanic. Cognate with Scots wey or weich, Dutch wegen, German wiegen.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Weigh(noun)

    a corruption of Way, used only in the phrase under weigh

  2. Weigh(verb)

    to bear up; to raise; to lift into the air; to swing up; as, to weigh anchor

  3. Weigh(verb)

    to examine by the balance; to ascertain the weight of, that is, the force with which a thing tends to the center of the earth; to determine the heaviness, or quantity of matter of; as, to weigh sugar; to weigh gold

  4. Weigh(verb)

    to be equivalent to in weight; to counterbalance; to have the heaviness of

  5. Weigh(verb)

    to pay, allot, take, or give by weight

  6. Weigh(verb)

    to examine or test as if by the balance; to ponder in the mind; to consider or examine for the purpose of forming an opinion or coming to a conclusion; to estimate deliberately and maturely; to balance

  7. Weigh(verb)

    to consider as worthy of notice; to regard

  8. Weigh(verb)

    to have weight; to be heavy

  9. Weigh(verb)

    to be considered as important; to have weight in the intellectual balance

  10. Weigh(verb)

    to bear heavily; to press hard

  11. Weigh(verb)

    to judge; to estimate

  12. Weigh(noun)

    a certain quantity estimated by weight; an English measure of weight. See Wey

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'weigh' in Verbs Frequency: #649

Translations for weigh

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to find the heaviness of (something) by placing it on a scale

He weighed himself on the bathroom scales; You must have your luggage weighed at the airport.

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