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Princeton's WordNet

  1. weighverb

    have a certain weight

  2. consider, count, weighverb

    show consideration for; take into account

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

  3. weigh, librateverb

    determine the weight of

    "The butcher weighed the chicken"

  4. count, matter, weighverb

    have weight; have import, carry weight

    "It does not matter much"

  5. weigh, pressverb

    to be oppressive or burdensome

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


  1. weighverb

    To determine the weight of an object.

  2. weighverb

    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. weighverb

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

    You have been weighed in the balance and found wanting.

  4. weighverb

    To consider a subject.

  5. weighverb

    To have a certain weight.

    I weigh ten and a half stone.

  6. weighverb

    To raise an anchor free of the seabed.

  7. weighverb

    To weigh anchor.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Weighverb

    Etymology: wœgan , Saxon; weyhen, Dutch.

    Earth taken from land adjoining to the Nile, and preserved, so as not to be wet nor wasted, and weighed daily, will not alter weight until the seventeenth of June, when the river beginneth to rise; and then it will grow more and more ponderous, ’till the river cometh to its height. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Th’ Eternal hung forth his golden scales,
    Wherein all things created first he weigh’d. John Milton.

    By the exsuction of the air out of a glass-vessel, it made that vessel take up, or suck up, to speak in the common language, a body weighing divers ounces. Boyle.

    They that must weigh out my afflictions,
    They that my trust must grow to, live not here;
    They are, as all my comforts are, far hence. William Shakespeare.

    They weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. Zech. xi.

    Barbarossa, using this exceeding cheerfulness of his soldiers, weighed up the fourteen gallies he had sunk. Richard Knolles.

    Here he left me, ling’ring here delay’d
    His parting kiss, and there his anchor weigh’d. Dryden.

    Regard not who it is which speaketh, but weigh only what is spoken. Richard Hooker.

    I have in equal balance justly weigh’d
    What wrongs our arms may do, what wrongs we suffer,
    And find our griefs heavier than our offences. William Shakespeare, H. IV.

    The ripeness or unripeness of the occasion must ever be well weighed. Francis Bacon.

    His majesty’s speedy march left that design to be better weighed and digested. Edward Hyde.

    You chose a retreat, and not ’till you had maturely weighed the advantages of rising higher, with the hazards of the fall. Dryden.

    All grant him prudent; prudence interest weighs,
    And interest bids him seek your love and praise. Dryden.

    The mind, having the power to suspend the satisfaction of any of its desires, is at liberty to examine them on all sides, and weigh them with others. John Locke.

    He is the only proper judge of our perfections, who weighs the goodness of our actions by the sincerity of our intentions. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    Fear weighs down faith with shame. Samuel Daniel, Civ. War.

    The Indian fig boweth so low, as it taketh root again; the plenty of the sap, and the softness of the stalk, making the bough, being overloaden, weigh down. Francis Bacon.

    In thy blood will reign
    A melancholy damp of cold and dry,
    To weigh thy spirits down. John Milton.

    Her father’s crimes
    Sit heavy on her, and weigh down her prayers;
    A crown usurp’d, a lawful king depos’d,
    His children murder’d. John Dryden, Spanish Fryar.

    My soul is quite weigh’d down with care, and asks
    The soft refreshment of a moment’s sleep. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Excellent persons, weighed down by this habitual sorrow of heart, rather deserve our compassion than reproach. Addison.

  2. To Weighverb

    Exactly weighing and strangling a chicken in the scales, upon an immediate ponderation, we could discover no difference in weight; but suffering it to lie eight or ten hours, until it grew perfectly cold, it weighed most sensibly lighter. Brown.

    This objection ought to weigh with those, whose reading is designed for much talk and little knowledge. John Locke.

    A wise man is then best satisfied, when he finds that the same argument which weighs with him has weighed with thousands before him, and is such as hath born down all opposition. Addis.

    When gath’ring clouds o’ershadow all the skies,
    And shoot quick lightnings, weigh, my boys, he cries. John Dryden.

    Can’st thou not minister to a mind diseas’d,
    And with some sweet oblivious antidote
    Cleanse the stuff’d bosom of that perilous stuff
    Which weighs upon the heart? William Shakespeare, Macbeth.


  1. weigh

    In science and engineering, the weight of an object is the force acting on the object due to gravity.Some standard textbooks define weight as a vector quantity, the gravitational force acting on the object. Others define weight as a scalar quantity, the magnitude of the gravitational force. Yet others define it as the magnitude of the reaction force exerted on a body by mechanisms that counteract the effects of gravity: the weight is the quantity that is measured by, for example, a spring scale. Thus, in a state of free fall, the weight would be zero. In this sense of weight, terrestrial objects can be weightless: ignoring air resistance, the famous apple falling from the tree, on its way to meet the ground near Isaac Newton, would be weightless. The unit of measurement for weight is that of force, which in the International System of Units (SI) is the newton. For example, an object with a mass of one kilogram has a weight of about 9.8 newtons on the surface of the Earth, and about one-sixth as much on the Moon. Although weight and mass are scientifically distinct quantities, the terms are often confused with each other in everyday use (e.g. comparing and converting force weight in pounds to mass in kilograms and vice versa).Further complications in elucidating the various concepts of weight have to do with the theory of relativity according to which gravity is modeled as a consequence of the curvature of spacetime. In the teaching community, a considerable debate has existed for over half a century on how to define weight for their students. The current situation is that a multiple set of concepts co-exist and find use in their various contexts.


  1. weigh

    Weigh generally refers to the process of determining the mass or heaviness of an object by using a scale or similar instrument. It can also refer to the consideration or evaluation of something in terms of its importance or impact.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Weighnoun

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

  2. Weighverb

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

  3. Weighverb

    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. Weighverb

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

  5. Weighverb

    to pay, allot, take, or give by weight

  6. Weighverb

    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. Weighverb

    to consider as worthy of notice; to regard

  8. Weighverb

    to have weight; to be heavy

  9. Weighverb

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

  10. Weighverb

    to bear heavily; to press hard

  11. Weighverb

    to judge; to estimate

  12. Weighnoun

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

  13. Etymology: [See Wey.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Weigh

    wā, n. a very common misspelling of way in the phrase 'Under way,' through confusion with the phrase 'To weigh anchor.'

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of weigh in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of weigh in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of weigh in a Sentence

  1. Ian Taylor:

    Stocks of crude and products continue to build and these will weigh upon the market.

  2. Nicole Pratt:

    This information will help clinicians and parents weigh up the risks against the benefits of treatment particularly in mild cases of ADHD.

  3. James Russell Lowell:

    All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.

  4. Jerome Powell:

    It would be very helpful and very important that there be additional fiscal support for the economy, really to get us through the winter, i think we made a lot of progress faster than we expected, and now we have a big spike in COVID cases, and it may weigh on economic activity. People may pull back from activities they were being involved in or not engage in new activities.

  5. Jessica Lu:

    With microlensing, we're able to probe these lonely, compact objects and weigh them. I think we have opened a new window onto these dark objects, which can't be seen any other way.

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