Main definitions of weigh in English

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weigh1

Pronunciation /wā/ /weɪ/

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verb

  • 1with object Find out how heavy (someone or something) is, typically using scales.

    ‘weigh yourself on the day you begin the diet’
    • ‘the vendor weighed the vegetables’
    • ‘The buckets were then weighed and the heaviest amount won.’
    • ‘Many industries developed their own very specific scales designed to weigh particular items.’
    • ‘Michael, who was so large his GP's scales could not weigh him, has lost almost 20 inches from his waist - and he's still shrinking.’
    • ‘The Australian gold rush of the 1850s generated a huge demand for accurate scales to weigh precious metals and guns to protect the gold bullion.’
    • ‘Scales to weigh the bags were part of the mills' equipment.’
    • ‘He said he used the scales to weigh drugs before buying them.’
    • ‘We finally find a larger scale to weigh the crop.’
    • ‘We have a scale and offer to weigh members if they choose.’
    • ‘The jury should infer that the applicant had used the scales in order to weigh the drugs before supplying them.’
    • ‘A blonde goes into a pharmacy and asks to use the baby scale to weigh the child she has in her arms.’
    • ‘Stallholders weigh produce on scales strung from a notched rod, balanced on one finger.’
    • ‘The smith weighs each coin on a little scale.’
    • ‘Weighing the infant can be accurate if an electronic scale is used.’
    • ‘We weighed our athletes with accurate scales before a training session, and then again on completion of the session.’
    • ‘I shall in future weigh, not guess, quantities of rice and pasta.’
    measure the weight of, measure how heavy someone is, measure how heavy something is, put someone on the scales, put something on the scales
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    1. 1.1Have a specified weight.
      ‘when the twins were born they weighed ten pounds’
      • ‘Olivia was born weighing a healthy 5lb 12 oz.’
      • ‘Luke is born prematurely weighing only one pound and four ounces.’
      • ‘The calf weighed a healthy 30 pounds and was 3 feet long.’
      • ‘The baby born in 1988 weighed only one pound and four ounces.’
      • ‘Maybe I can weigh another 13 pounds less by this coming July.’
      • ‘The book weighs almost ten pounds.’
      • ‘The real beauty of this rifle is that it weighs a mere 3.9 pounds!’
      • ‘She weighs a few pounds less than she did in '61, and is, if anything, even stronger and more trim.’
      • ‘A slight boy, standing 5 feet 5 inches and weighing a mere 115 pounds, Weider became easy prey for local thugs.’
      • ‘I was never a ‘fat’ kid, but I remember weighing a good 10 pounds more than my classmates did.’
      • ‘We were about to enter our sophomore year, and he still weighed the 100 pounds he always had.’
      • ‘I lost 70 pounds over the next two years, and I now weigh a healthy 125 pounds.’
      • ‘They are heavy weapons made of steel and weigh a lot.’
      • ‘He lifted me as easily as if I weighed nothing.’
      tip the scales at, turn the scales at, come to
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    2. 1.2Balance in the hands to guess or as if to guess the weight of.
      ‘she picked up the brick and weighed it in her right hand’
      • ‘Pulling out a rather large bag of gold pieces, he held it out, weighing it out in his hand.’
  • 2Assess the nature or importance of, especially with a view to a decision or action.

    ‘the consequences of the move would need to be very carefully weighed’
    • ‘they need to weigh benefit against risk’
    • ‘Every act must be carefully weighed before a decision is made to see whether it meets the strict ethical criteria.’
    • ‘The positive and negative aspects need to be weighed and then a decision is to be taken.’
    • ‘The selection of a particular value for a benefit-cost or net benefit analysis must be carefully weighed against the objectives of the analysis.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, he stressed that the matter would have to be carefully weighed by the government before any final decision could be made.’
    • ‘But this long-term view has to be weighed against all the work that needs to be undertaken now.’
    • ‘There was nothing impulsive about her; she weighed everything, from decisions to her own feelings.’
    • ‘He is a reserved man who prefers action to words, weighs those he uses carefully, and is not given to shows of emotion.’
    • ‘There is something quiet and assured about her, and when she talks it seems as if she is carefully weighing each of her words before letting them go.’
    • ‘On sensitive subjects my words have to be weighed carefully.’
    • ‘Professional opportunities and options are to be weighed and considered before a clear decision can be taken.’
    • ‘The totality of the evidence needs to be weighed and assessed.’
    • ‘These several costs must be weighed carefully.’
    • ‘Even in instances in which the likelihood of harm appears low, the costs, demands, risks, and benefits must be carefully weighed.’
    • ‘Risks and benefits associated with the use of aspirin have to be weighed carefully in any recommendations made by health care professionals.’
    • ‘Proposed reforms, therefore, ought to be weighed carefully as to whether they are necessary and whether they are worth the costs.’
    • ‘Each issue, whether it involved an individual or an entire community, was weighed carefully.’
    • ‘How is the court to weigh and balance all these claims?’
    • ‘In each case trial judges must weigh and balance a catalogue of relevant factors.’
    • ‘Their points of view have been listened to carefully, balanced, and weighed.’
    consider, contemplate, think about, give thought to, entertain the idea of, deliberate about, turn over in one's mind, mull over, chew over, reflect on, ruminate about, muse on
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    1. 2.1no object Influence a decision or action; be considered important.
      ‘the evidence weighed heavily against him’
      • ‘The evidence of human history weighs heavily against it.’
      • ‘The epidemiological evidence weighs heavily against such a link.’
      • ‘Street lighting was discussed but the unsuitability in a rural area and the question of cost weighed against any benefit.’
      • ‘Since assumed jurisdiction would not accord with such standards, nor with the law of the defendant's home, this factor weighed against assuming jurisdiction.’
      • ‘Some of the Internationals might be experienced soldiers, Bligh noted, but their age weighed against them for work like this.’
      • ‘However, ironically, it was its apparent lack of objectivity that weighed against it for most North American psychologists.’
      • ‘The idea of adding a hard drive to a handset isn't new, but so far disk sizes and reliability issues have weighed against their incorporation into mobiles.’
      • ‘TNT submitted that this process weighed against the legitimacy of the claims.’
      • ‘Two factors weighed against any widespread acceptance of the classical version of atomism.’
      • ‘Clearly, the principle of freedom doesn't weigh heavily in his decision making.’
      • ‘The fact that Cipollini is 36 and has not been at his best since the start of the season weighed heavily on our decision.’
      • ‘Iowa's emphasis on public education weighed heavily on their decision to move their young family here.’
      • ‘The guilt was slowly lifting, but her fear of making the wrong decision still weighed heavily.’
      • ‘Challenges to official director slates will likely be rare, but the mere threat of them could weigh heavily on management decisions.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, the stress of the job has weighed heavily on him.’
      • ‘This kind of schedule has one very important consequence, one that weighs more heavily on me now than it used to.’
      • ‘Decisions we make today will surely weigh heavily on the shape of the world we eventually leave.’
      • ‘Given the recent attacks on his web site, it isn't very difficult to see why these matters weigh heavily with him.’
      influence, have influence with, be influential to, carry weight with, count with, tell with, matter to, be important to, be significant to, mean something to, make an impression on, get to, register with
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Phrases

    weigh one's words
    • Carefully choose the way one expresses something.

      ‘He talks with a grace and poise that is typically German, weighing his words carefully as we discuss the band's new release.’
      • ‘‘It's better without Sophie,’ I reply, weighing my words carefully, ‘she has to learn that other people are willing to look past her image.’’
      • ‘Even so,’ she continued, weighing her words carefully, ‘I couldn't help but hope that I would get the chance to tell you how incredibly sorry I am.’
      • ‘She took a deep breath, weighing her words carefully before she spoke.’
      • ‘He took a deep breath and held it for a moment as he weighed his words carefully.’
      • ‘Presumably he weighed his words carefully, and meant to convey a threat.’
      • ‘She stared at him, her own discretion fleeting from her as she carefully weighed her words before speaking.’
      • ‘I think one should weigh one's words carefully.’
      • ‘‘When you have never had a special needs child before… ‘she pauses and weighs her words ‘… it is a discovery.’
      • ‘He's taking his time, weighing his words and squeezing them out in measured drops.’
      • ‘Carmel always brought intelligence and a sense of reality to her contributions at local authority level, weighing her words with care and consideration.’
      • ‘I could feel her staring, weighing my words and testing them to see if I was telling the truth.’
      • ‘‘If they're not yours,’ he seemed to be weighing his words, ‘Where did you find them?’’
      • ‘‘Well… there is one actually,’ he began slowly, weighing his words and hoping he would sound convincing enough.’
      • ‘Kyle remained quiet for a moment, weighing his words.’
      • ‘Denny stared at him, weighing his words, and finally nodded.’
      • ‘She stared intently at Jude, weighing his words in her mind.’
      • ‘There was a moment's pause and he spoke again, weighing his words.’
      • ‘He sensed her weighing his words, considering his description.’
      • ‘His eyes carried a strange intensity, as if he were weighing his words and the impact they would have on her.’
      • ‘He answered slowly and cautiously, as if weighing his words before he said them.’
      • ‘She paused, weighing her words before speaking them.’
      • ‘We agree that the country is at war and that we all must weigh our words accordingly.’

Phrasal Verbs

    weigh in
    • 1Make a forceful contribution to a competition or argument.

      ‘the dispute turned nastier when Steve weighed in’
      • ‘the paper's editor weighed in with criticism of the president’
    • 2(of a boxer or jockey) be officially weighed before or after a contest.

      ‘Mason weighed in at 203 lb’
      • ‘he weighed in 3 kg lighter than Collins’
      1. 2.1Be of a specified weight.
        ‘The camera weighs in at about 800g.’
        • ‘Hartson, who weighs in at 14 st 6lb, said monitoring his weight involved not having ‘six or seven pints’ if O'Neill granted his players a few days off, but ‘a bottle of wine’ instead.’
        • ‘After the boys were delivered during that operation - weighing in at about 3lb each, a much better weight than expected - it was three days before Vanessa was well enough to be able to visit them.’
        • ‘The average fish over the two days weighed in at a staggering average weight of 2lb 12 oz.’
        • ‘The machine weighs in at 56 000 pounds.’
        • ‘The modern discus weighs in at just 5 pounds, one-third of the original weight.’
        • ‘After the arduous task of laying an egg weighing in at 20 per cent of her body weight the female takes a break - heading off to build up her reserves.’
        • ‘The 240R does come fully loaded and weighs in at 930Kg.’
        • ‘Remember that the Elise remains one of the few genuinely lightweight cars on the market, weighing in at around 750 kg.’
        • ‘Considering that the car weighs in at some 1,600 kg, these are impressive numbers.’
      2. 2.2Cost a specified amount.
        ‘the car weighs in at $10,270’
        • ‘The cardboard box it comes in and the delivery costs weigh in at more than the chip itself.’
        • ‘The system used weighs in at a total cost of a whopping E287,384.’
        • ‘The total cost of disease eradication to the taxpayers weighs in at 216m.’
        • ‘Exclusivity costs though, with the Clio V6 weighing in at £27,000.’
        • ‘Childcare costs in Britain are higher than anywhere else in Europe, with the average cost of a private day nursery weighing in at over £580 a month.’
        • ‘Childcare costs in Britain are the highest in Europe, with the average annual cost of a private day nursery weighing in at around £7,000.’
        • ‘The total cost of that first UGM weighed in at nearly $9,500, though that did include a surround sound receiver.’
        • ‘North Sea cod roe and chips weigh in at 140 baht, whilst a red salmon sandwich costs a very reasonable 50 baht.’
        • ‘At the top of the tree is the Cupra R, which weighs in at €37,600.’
        • ‘Added to the line-up in the autumn will be a new entry level model in the shape of a 1.4-litre petrol which weighs in at £14,175.’
        • ‘The jackpot, which already looked healthy before now, is £100 heavier and weighs in at £2,300.’
    weigh out
    • 1weigh something out, weigh out somethingMeasure and take a portion of a particular weight from a larger quantity of a substance.

      ‘she weighed out two ounces of loose tobacco’
      • ‘Flour, sugar, rice and other dry goods and plain biscuits were weighed out into brown paper bags.’
    • 2(of a jockey) be weighed before a race.

      ‘he weighed out at 106 pounds and rode a perfectly judged race’
      • ‘Jockeys weigh out with the clerk of scales in order to earn their mount fees.’
      • ‘Jockeys started to weigh out in kilograms instead of stones and pounds.’
      • ‘If the new rules are passed, a jockey will be paid only when he is officially weighed out, and he will not be paid if he elects not to ride.’
      • ‘Amazingly, Carberry nearly missed the ride after weighing out with only a minute and a half to spare.’
      • ‘They must not weigh in at more than a pound less than they weighed out.’
      • ‘The original concept is to have your clients weigh in the week before Thanksgiving and then weigh out during the first week of January.’
    weigh on
    • weigh on someoneBe depressing or burdensome to someone.

      • ‘his unhappiness would weigh on my mind so much’
    weigh into
    • 1weigh into somethingJoin in with an activity forcefully or enthusiastically.

      ‘they weighed into the election campaign’
      • ‘Religious leaders also weighed into the debate.’
      • ‘The Archbishop of Canterbury weighs into the discussion in the Telegraph.’
      • ‘Meg Lees, she who caved in over the GST, jumped ship (admittedly it was sinking) now weighs into the FTA debate supporting Labor but saying the amendments don't go far enough.’
      • ‘A veteran political journalist also weighs into the debate.’
      • ‘Roger Simon, a former leftist, weighs into the debate.’
      • ‘Also weighing into the debate is the Australian drug industry.’
      • ‘A coroner weighed into the national controversy over speed cameras when he suggested that one may have caused a fatal accident by distracting the driver.’
      • ‘The Federal Environment Minister has weighed into a bitter environmental dispute in Queensland, where tourists are deliberately defying a State Government ban on feeding wild dolphins.’
      • ‘Some of Australia's most powerful companies, including Qantas and the Commonwealth Bank, have weighed into the political debate about the environment.’
      • ‘Yesterday, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, weighed into the debate.’
      • ‘The Prime Minister has weighed into the argument, saying she wants to make it clear her party is inherently opposed to capital punishment.’
      • ‘A government Minister has weighed into the controversy over alleged breaches of foot and mouth rules at a North Yorkshire grouse shoot.’
      1. 1.1weigh into someone or somethingAttack someone or something physically or verbally.
        ‘he weighed into the companies for their high costs’
        • ‘Federal MP Anthony couldn't resist weighing into the debate.’
        • ‘Soldiers and police, armed with assault rifles, shields and sticks, rushed forward and weighed into the melee.’
        • ‘NZ Herald columnist Gordon McLauchlan has weighed into Holmes three times in the past year.’
        • ‘Livingstone, 59, has weighed into the row.’
    weigh down
    • 1(of something heavy and cumbersome) impede or hold down someone.

      ‘my waders and fishing gear weighed me down’
      • ‘My arms felt like heavy clubs, weighing me down.’
      • ‘Despite the heavy clothing that was weighing me down, I felt light, as though a stone had been lifted off my heart.’
      • ‘My clothes and pack had already become heavy and were weighing me down.’
      • ‘Their many layers of clothing and heavy sleds weighed them down as they attempted to scale the hill.’
      • ‘I think that my guards could see that those heavier ones just weighed me down.’
      • ‘The warrior had had a head start, but Norwood wasn't weighed down by any heavy, clanking armour.’
      • ‘‘I am a pretty fast runner but he was very nifty and I was weighed down by my work overalls and heavy boots,’ he said.’
      • ‘He raised his arms, feeling like they were weighed down and filled with tons of lead.’
      • ‘The silence was so heavy I could feel it weighing me down.’
      • ‘It was made out of heavy material, like an anchor weighing him down.’
      • ‘It wasn't easy, for her clothing and ice-skates became very heavy when wet and they weighed her down.’
      • ‘Just place a clean, heavy skillet on top of your sandwiches to press and weigh them down as they grill.’
      • ‘I unfolded my maps, and to keep them from being blown away in the wind, I weighed them down with ski poles and stuff bags of gear.’
      • ‘The water was deep - neck high on me - and I was weighed down with all this extra gear.’
      • ‘Sand filled her boots and her hair, weighing her down.’
      • ‘Ships fill their empty oil tanks with water to weigh them down and maintain balance at sea, then dump the water before arriving at port to fill up with petroleum.’
      • ‘He tried to whistle to her, but his clothes were beginning to weigh him down, and his mouth filled with water.’
      • ‘She felt heavy, like her body was weighed down with rocks.’
      1. 1.1Be oppressive or burdensome to someone.
        ‘she was weighed down by the responsibility of looking after her sisters’
        • ‘I just remained out of his sight, with the burden of worry weighing me down.’
        • ‘Looking at Dorrie alone in her sitting-room, you wonder how someone so slender and gentle has carried the burdens life has weighed her down with.’
        • ‘For a while, the long, continuous burdens of your life weigh you down so much you can't see a future.’
        • ‘The citizens of the devolved parts of the U.K. have not been weighed down with an impossible burden of taxation.’
        • ‘Obviously whatever decision she's reached has helped relieve the burden that's been weighing her down.’
        • ‘I felt as if a huge burden weighing me down had suddenly loosened.’
        • ‘It was obvious that something was bothering her, weighing her down, and it was impossible for Amy's nature to ignore.’
        • ‘Liv tilted her head to the side as if the weight of thinking about all that she was obsessed with was weighing her down.’
        • ‘She looked into his face, and guilt and self-reproach dissolved, along with the memory of another face, other eyes, ones that haunted and weighed her down with unresolvable pain.’
        • ‘I don't want to weigh him down with personal worries that probably won't amount to much anyways.’
        • ‘My family added burdens and problems to my shoulders, and weighed me down with their dysfunction - but there was something about leaving them that seemed not entirely right.’
        • ‘Janine, I didn't come here to weigh you down, I never wanted to be a burden.’
        • ‘Whatever you do, try your best to keep a big perspective. Don't let the worries and concerns of the day dominate your thoughts or weigh you down.’
        • ‘Questions must be asked whether the poverty that now weighs us down can always be blamed on other people.’
        • ‘I miss her so much and the guilt of failure weighs me down like lead boots.’
        • ‘The unhappiness he is carrying weighs him down entirely.’
        • ‘We were starting our careers; we had student loans weighing us down.’
        • ‘We could rent here, probably for the cost of what a mortgage would be but without the property taxes and utilities weighing us down.’
        • ‘Every day offers a blank slate, free of the stresses and frustrations that have been weighing us down.’
        • ‘we laughed a little, but there was something heavy weighing us down.’
    weigh up
    • weigh someone or something up, weigh up someone or somethingCarefully assess someone or something.

      ‘you'll have to weigh up the risks for yourself’
      • ‘investors weighed up their next move’
      • ‘United Future has weighed this issue up carefully.’
      • ‘When they assess you and weigh you up, all that type of stuff, just remember, it's very inaccurate.’
      • ‘We are constantly urged to weigh things up, to ponder, to reflect.’
      • ‘Every activity can be weighed up and deliberated over according to the level of risk that it carries, and what could be gained by doing it.’
      • ‘Let's look at the benefits, and let's look at the costs and let's weigh them up.’
      • ‘I'm still very much weighing things up at the moment, but I think I might vote Lib Dem again because they opposed the war.’
      • ‘I weighed these options up in my mind.’
      • ‘Last week Mr Justice Headley had to tackle these difficult questions and to weigh them up alongside testimony that was often contrary.’
      • ‘There were pros and cons and I reckoned I'd need a day or two to weigh them up and make a decision.’
      • ‘I didn't stop to weigh things up, but phoned for an ambulance and described the scene.’
      • ‘For twenty minutes Tom stood there weighing things up in his mind.’
      • ‘Arthur weighs everything up very carefully before offering a considered opinion.’

Origin

Old English wegan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wegen ‘weigh’, German bewegen ‘move’, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin vehere ‘convey’. Early senses included ‘transport from one place to another’ and ‘raise up’.

Main definitions of weigh in English

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Pronunciation /wā/ /weɪ/

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noun

‘He could see Captain Mason supervising his crew, and once under weigh, saw him wave and salute.’
  • ‘At 10 a.m. got under weigh and turned out of Port Chalky At 4 p.m. came to an anchor in Preservation Bay.’
  • ‘A ship is under weigh when she has weighed her anchor… As soon as she gathers way she is under way.’
  • ‘Don't be alarmed, ma'am; as soon as we're under weigh we'll hoist the cow up, and get the piano down.’
  • ‘After we had been under weigh for some 20 minutes, we should have reached our destination in just that time.’
  • ‘Got under weigh and stood down the harbour but unfortunately the water being low the vessel got aground.’
  • ‘At 9 A. M., three of their brigs got under weigh, and stood down the bay, supposed to be on the look out.’
  • ‘The plan did not get under weigh for almost two years after the end of fighting.’
  • ‘His presence was by no means necessary in getting the ship under weigh, and steering her well out to sea.’
  • ‘My last letter closed at the commencement of our voyage, since which we have been constantly under weigh, with the exception of short interruptions on the coast of Norfolk, in Yarmouth roads.’

Phrases

    under weigh
    Nautical

    See weigh

    another way of saying underway (sense 2)

Origin

Late 18th century from an erroneous association with weigh anchor (see anchor).