weigh Definition

  • 1to find out how heavy something is, using scales
  • 2to have a particular weight
  • 3to consider and compare the importance or value of different things

Using weigh: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "weigh" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I weighed myself this morning and I've lost two pounds.

  • Example

    The package weighs 5 kilograms.

  • Example

    We need to weigh the pros and cons before making a decision.

  • Example

    Her opinion weighs heavily in our discussions.

  • Example

    The judge will weigh the evidence before making a ruling.

weigh Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for weigh

Phrases with weigh

  • to be weighed, especially before a competition or event


    All boxers must weigh in before the fight.

  • to make someone feel worried, unhappy, or burdened


    The stress of the job was weighing her down.

  • to raise the anchor of a ship so that it can sail away


    The captain ordered the crew to weigh anchor and set sail.

Origins of weigh

from Old English 'wegan', meaning 'to carry'


Summary: weigh in Brief

The verb 'weigh' [weɪ] has three main meanings: to find out how heavy something is, to have a particular weight, and to consider and compare the importance or value of different things. It can be used in phrases like 'weigh in,' which means to be weighed before a competition, and 'weigh down,' which means to make someone feel burdened. 'Weigh' is often used formally to mean assess or evaluate.

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