Definition of weigh verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they weigh
    he / she / it weighs
    past simple weighed
    -ing form weighing
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  1. 1 linking verb (+ noun) to have a particular weight How much do you weigh (= how heavy are you)? She weighs 130 pounds. The average male tiger weighs around 450 pounds. These cases weigh a ton (= are very heavy).
  2. 2 [transitive] weigh somebody/something/yourself to measure how heavy someone or something is, usually by using a scale He weighed himself on the bathroom scale. She weighed the stone in her hand (= estimated how heavy it was by holding it).
  3. 3 [transitive] to consider something carefully before making a decision weigh something You must weigh the pros and cons (= consider the advantages and disadvantages of something). She weighed all the evidence. weigh something against something I weighed the benefits of the plan against the risks involved.
  4. 4[intransitive] weigh (with somebody) (against somebody/something) to have an influence on someone's opinion or the result of something His past record weighs heavily against him. The evidence weighs in her favor.
  5. 5[transitive] weigh anchor to lift an anchor out of the water and into a boat before sailing away
  6. Idioms
    weigh your words
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    to choose your words carefully so that you say exactly what you mean He spoke slowly, weighing his words.
    Phrasal Verbsweigh somebodydownweigh somebody/somethingdownweigh in (at something)weigh in (with something)weigh on somebody/somethingweigh somethingoutweigh somebodyup
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