- 1 linking verb (+ noun) to have a particular weight How much do you weigh (= how heavy are you)? She weighs 60 kilos. The average male tiger weighs around 200 kg. These cases weigh a ton (= are very heavy).
- 2 [transitive] weigh somebody/something/yourself to measure how heavy somebody/something is, usually by using scales He weighed himself on the bathroom scales. She weighed the stone in her hand (= estimated how heavy it was by holding it).
- 3[transitive] to consider something carefully before making a decision weigh something (up) You must weigh up the pros and cons (= consider the advantages and disadvantages of something). She weighed up all the evidence. weigh (up) something against something I weighed the benefits of the plan against the risks involved.
- 4[intransitive] weigh (with somebody) (against somebody/something) to have an influence on somebody’s opinion or the result of something His past record weighs heavily against him. The evidence weighs in her favour.
- 5[transitive] weigh anchor to lift an anchor out of the water and into a boat before sailing away Word Origin Old English wegan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wegen
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BrE BrE//weɪ//; NAmE NAmE//weɪ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they weigh
BrE BrE//weɪ//; NAmE NAmE//weɪ//he / she / it weighs
BrE BrE//weɪz//; NAmE NAmE//weɪz//past simple weighed
BrE BrE//weɪd//; NAmE NAmE//weɪd//past participle weighed
BrE BrE//weɪd//; NAmE NAmE//weɪd//-ing form weighing
BrE BrE//ˈweɪɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈweɪɪŋ//