Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To weigh or press down; depress; cause to sink or prevent from rising.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To weigh or press down.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To weigh or press down; depress; cause to sink or prevent from rising.

Etymologies

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From down- +‎ weigh.

Examples

  • The solar system has no anxiety about its reputation, and the credit of truth and honesty is as safe; nor have I any fear that a skeptical bias can be given by leaning hard on the sides of fate, of practical power, or of trade, which the doctrine of Faith cannot downweigh.

    XVII. Essays. Worship. 1860

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