weight Definition

  • 1a measure of the heaviness of an object
  • 2the amount or quantity of heaviness or mass; amount a thing weighs

Using weight: Examples

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

  • Example

    The weight of the package is 5 kilograms.

  • Example

    She lifted the weights at the gym.

  • Example

    I need to lose some weight before my wedding.

  • Example

    The weight of the evidence suggests that he is guilty.

weight Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using weight

  • to use one's power or influence to intimidate or dominate others


    He likes to throw his weight around and make decisions without consulting anyone else.

  • bear the weight of the world on one's shoulders

    to feel responsible for everything and overwhelmed by the burden


    She felt like she was bearing the weight of the world on her shoulders after her father's death.

  • pull one's weight

    to do one's fair share of work or contribute equally to a group effort


    Everyone needs to pull their weight if we want to finish this project on time.

Phrases with weight

  • to gain weight, especially in excess


    He put on weight after he stopped exercising regularly.

  • to reduce one's body weight, usually by dieting or exercising


    She is trying to lose weight for health reasons.

  • to have influence or authority


    His opinion carries a lot of weight in the company.

Origins of weight

from Old English 'gewiht', meaning 'heavy object'


Summary: weight in Brief

The term 'weight' [weษชt] refers to the heaviness or mass of an object. It can also denote the amount of heaviness or mass, as in 'I need to lose some weight before my wedding.' 'Weight' extends into phrases like 'put on weight,' and idioms like 'throw one's weight around,' denoting the use of power or influence to intimidate others, and 'bear the weight of the world on one's shoulders,' implying overwhelming responsibility.

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