weigh [ weı ] verb **
1. ) linking verb to have a particular weight:
Tell me Clare, how much do you weigh?
The baby weighed 7 pounds when she was born.
weigh a ton (=be very heavy): Your suitcase weighs a ton.
a ) transitive to measure how heavy someone or something is:
Weigh yourself daily and mark your weight on the chart.
They will weigh your package at the post office.
2. ) transitive to consider all the aspects of a situation carefully before making a decision:
The judge weighed all of the facts carefully before reaching a verdict.
weigh something against something: Those costs must be weighed against the environmental benefits.
3. ) intransitive to have an important effect or influence:
weigh against: Unfortunately, his batting and fielding weigh against him.
weigh heavily with someone: The defeat weighed heavily with the President.
weigh anchor
to lift the ANCHOR of a ship from the water in order to start sailing
weigh your words
to think carefully about how you want to say something
,weigh `down phrasal verb transitive
1. ) to make someone heavy and unable to move easily:
If you weigh yourself down you'll get very tired.
The waiters were weighed down by huge trays of food.
2. ) often passive to cause problems for someone or something or make someone worried:
Wall Street has been weighed down by economic uncertainty.
,weigh `in phrasal verb intransitive
1. ) to have your weight checked before you take part in a sport such as BOXING or HORSE RACING:
weigh in at: Bowen weighed in at 241 pounds.
2. ) to become involved in something:
weigh in with: I just wanted to weigh in with some comments.
`weigh ,on phrasal verb transitive
weigh on someone to cause problems for someone or something or make someone worried:
The responsibility of her new job had begun to weigh on her.
The high price of property weighs heavily on many businesses.
weigh on someone's mind: The decision to move has been weighing heavily on Eric's mind.
,weigh `out phrasal verb transitive
to measure an exact amount of something:
He weighed out every portion of sugar, flour, and dried fruit.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • weigh — S3 [weı] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(be a particular weight)¦ 2¦(measure weight)¦ 3¦(consider/compare)¦ 4¦(influence)¦ 5 weigh your words 6 weigh anchor Phrasal verbs  weigh somebody<=>down  weigh in  weigh on somebody …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • weigh up — 1. To force up (lit and figurative) 2. To consider carefully and assess the quality of (eg a person) (informal) • • • Main Entry: ↑weigh * * * ˌweigh ˈup [transitive] [ …   Useful english dictionary

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  • weigh — weigh1 [wā] vt. [ME weien, to weigh, bear < OE wegan, to carry, bear, akin to Ger weigan, wägen < IE base * weĝh , to go, draw > OE wæg, a wave, L vehere, to carry, bring] 1. to determine the weight of by means of a scale or balance 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • Weigh — Weigh, v. i. 1. To have weight; to be heavy. They only weigh the heavier. Cowper. [1913 Webster] 2. To be considered as important; to have weight in the intellectual balance. [1913 Webster] Your vows to her and me . . . will even weigh. Shak.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Weigh — (w[=a]), n. (Naut.) A corruption of {Way}, used only in the phrase {under weigh}. [1913 Webster] An expedition was got under weigh from New York. Thackeray. [1913 Webster] The Athenians . . . hurried on board and with considerable difficulty got… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • weigh — (v.) O.E. wegan find the weight of, have weight, lift, carry, from P.Gmc. *weganan (Cf. O.S. wegan, O.Fris. wega, Du. wegen to weigh, O.N. vega, O.H.G. wegan to move, carry, weigh, Ger. wiegen to weigh ), from PIE *wegh to move …   Etymology dictionary

  • weigh — UK US /weɪ/ verb [T] ► to have a particular weight: »The portable calculator weighs 2 ounces. ► to measure the weight of something: »Your luggage must be weighed before it is put onto the aircraft. ► to carefully consider something, especially by …   Financial and business terms

  • weigh in — (of a boxer or jockey) be officially weighed before or after a contest. → weigh weigh in informal make a forceful contribution to a competition or argument. → weigh …   English new terms dictionary

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