- 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 anchorto lift the ANCHOR of a ship from the water in order to start sailingweigh your wordsto think carefully about how you want to say something,weigh `down phrasal verb transitive1. ) 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 intransitive1. ) 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 transitiveweigh 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 transitiveto 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.