American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To determine the weight of by or as if by using a scale or balance.
- v. To measure or apportion (a certain quantity) by or as if by weight. Often used with out: weighed out a pound of cheese.
- v. To balance in the mind in order to make a choice; ponder or evaluate: weighed the alternatives and decided to stay.
- v. To choose carefully or deliberately: weigh one's words.
- v. Nautical To raise (anchor).
- v. To be of a specific weight.
- v. To have consequence or importance: The decision weighed heavily against us. See Synonyms at count1.
- v. To cause to bend heavily by or as if by added weight. Used with on or upon: a coating of ice that weighed upon the slender branches.
- v. To burden or oppress: was weighed with the onerous task of laying off the staff.
- v. Nautical To raise anchor.
- weigh down To cause to bend down with added weight: vines that were weighed down with grapes.
- weigh down To burden or oppress: The responsibilities of the new job weighed him down.
- weigh in Sports To be weighed at a weigh-in.
- weigh in To have one's baggage weighed, as at an airport.
- weigh in Slang To make a forceful statement in a discussion: She weighed in with some pertinent facts.
- n. Nautical Way. Used in the phrase under weigh.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In cotton manufacturing, any given quantity of yarn delivered to an operative, for example, a winder, upon which wages are based.
- To raise or lift; bear up: as, to weigh anchor; to weigh a ship that has been sunk.
- To bear up or balance in order to determine the weight of; determine the relative heaviness of (something) by comparison in a balance with some recognized standard; ascertain the number of pounds, ounces, etc., in: as, to weigh sugar; to weigh gold.
- To consider or examine for the purpose of forming an opinion or coming to a conclusion; compare; estimate deliberately and maturely; balance; ponder: as, to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of a scheme.
- To consider as worthy of notice; make account of; care for; regard; esteem.
- To overweigh or overpower; burden; op press. See the following phrase.
- To oppress with weight or heaviness; overburden; depress.
- To weigh anchor; get under way or in readiness to sail.
- To have weight, literally or figuratively.
- To be or amount in heaviness or weight; be of equal effect with in the balance: as, a nugget weighing several ounces; a load which weighs two tons. The terms expressing the weight are in the adverbial objective. That which a balance measures is the proportionate acceleration of masses toward the center of the earth. This is equal to their proportionate masses; and mass is the important quantity determined. The weight, or attraction of gravitation (less the centrifugal force), differs at different stations, and is not determined by the operation of weighing.
- To be considered as important; have weight in the intellectual balance.
- To bear heavily; press hard.
- To consider; reflect.
- n. A certain quantity or measure, estimated by weight; a measure of weight (compare wey); in the South Wales coal-fields, a weight of ten tons.
- n. A misspelling of way, in the phrase under way, due to confusion with the phrase to weigh anchor.
- n. See wegh.
- v. transitive To determine the weight of an object.
- v. transitive Often with "out", to measure a certain amount of something by its weight, e.g. for sale.
- v. transitive, figuratively To determine the intrinsic value or merit of an object, to evaluate.
- v. transitive To consider a subject.
- v. intransitive To have a certain weight.
- v. transitive, nautical To raise an anchor free of the seabed.
- v. intransitive, nautical To weigh anchor.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Naut.) A corruption of way, used only in the phrase under weigh.
- v. To bear up; to raise; to lift into the air; to swing up.
- v. To examine by the balance; to ascertain the weight of, that is, the force with which a thing tends to the center of the earth; to determine the heaviness, or quantity of matter of
- v. To be equivalent to in weight; to counterbalance; to have the heaviness of.
- v. To pay, allot, take, or give by weight.
- v. To examine or test as if by the balance; to ponder in the mind; to consider or examine for the purpose of forming an opinion or coming to a conclusion; to estimate deliberately and maturely; to balance.
- v. Obs. or Archaic To consider as worthy of notice; to regard.
- v. To have weight; to be heavy.
- v. To be considered as important; to have weight in the intellectual balance.
- v. To bear heavily; to press hard.
- v. rare To judge; to estimate.
- n. A certain quantity estimated by weight; an English measure of weight. See wey.
- v. determine the weight of
- v. show consideration for; take into account
- v. have a certain weight
- v. to be oppressive or burdensome
- v. have weight; have import, carry weight
- From Old English wegan, from Proto-Germanic *weganan, from Proto-Indo-European *wéǵʰe-, *weǵʰ-. Cognate with Scots wey or weich, Dutch wegen, German wiegen, wägen, Danish veje. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English weien, from Old English wegan. Variant (influenced by weigh, as in weigh anchor) of way. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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