weigh


weigh
I.
/weɪ / (say way)

verb (t)
1. to ascertain the weight of by means of a balance, scale, or other mechanical device: to weigh gold; to weigh gases; to weigh oneself.
2. to hold up or balance, as in the hand, in order to estimate the weight.
3. Also, weigh up. to balance in the mind; consider carefully in order to reach an opinion, decision, or choice: to weigh facts; to weigh a proposal; to weigh up the pros and cons.
4. to raise or lift (now chiefly in the phrase weigh anchor).
5. Obsolete to regard or esteem.
verb (i)
6. to have weight or heaviness, often as specified: to weigh little; to weigh 20 kilograms.
7. to have importance, moment, or consequence: wealth weighs little in this case.
phrase
8. weigh down, to bear down by weight, heaviness, oppression, etc.: weighed down with care; a bough weighed down by fruit.
9. weigh in,
a. (of a boxer or wrestler) to be weighed before a fight.
b. (of a jockey) to be weighed after a race.
10. weigh into,
a. to attack, physically or verbally.
b. to begin to eat with hearty appetite.
11. weigh in with, Colloquial to offer (an opinion, etc.).
12. weigh on (or upon), to bear down as a weight or burden: such responsibility weighed upon him.
13. weigh one's words, to consider and choose one's words carefully in speaking or writing.
14. weigh out, to measure (a certain quantity of something) according to weight: to weigh out 5 kg of sugar.
{Middle English weghe, Old English wegan carry, weigh}
weighable, adjective
weigher, noun
II.
/weɪ / (say way)

phrase under weigh, Nautical
in motion, as a ship that has weighed anchor.
{special use of weigh1}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • weigh up — 1. To force up (lit and figurative) 2. To consider carefully and assess the quality of (eg a person) (informal) • • • Main Entry: ↑weigh * * * ˌweigh ˈup [transitive] [ …   Useful english dictionary

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