Definition of weight noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//weɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//weɪt//
    Healthy eating habits, Exercise
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    being heavy
  1. 1  [uncountable, countable] how heavy somebody/something is, which can be measured in, for example, kilograms or pounds It is about 76 kilos in weight. Bananas are sold by weight. In the wild, this fish can reach a weight of 5lbs. She is trying to lose weight (= become less heavy and less fat). He’s put on/gained weight(= become heavier and fatter) since he gave up smoking. Sam has a weight problem (= is too fat). No more for me. I have to watch my weight. CollocationsDiet and exerciseWeight put on/​gain/​lose weight/​a few kilos/​a few pounds watch/​control/​struggle with your weight be/​become seriously overweight/​underweight be/​become clinically/​morbidly obese achieve/​facilitate/​promote/​stimulate weight loss slim down to 70 kilos/(British English) 11 stone/(especially North American English) 160 pounds combat/​prevent/​tackle/​treat obesity develop/​have/​suffer from/​struggle with/​recover from anorexia/​bulimia/​an eating disorder be on/​go on/​follow a crash/​strict diet have/​suffer from a negative/​poor body image have/​develop a positive/​healthy body imageHealthy eating eat a balanced diet/​healthily/​sensibly get/​provide/​receive adequate/​proper nutrition contain/​get/​provide essential nutrients/​vitamins/​minerals be high/​low in calories/​fat/​fibre/(especially US English) fiber/​protein/​vitamin D/​Omega-3 fatty acids contain (no)/use/​be full of/​be free from additives/​chemical preservatives/​artificial sweeteners avoid/​cut down on/​cut out alcohol/​caffeine/​fatty foods stop/​give up/ (especially North American English) quit smokingExercise (British English) take regular exercise do moderate/​strenuous/​vigorous exercise play football/​hockey/​tennis go cycling/​jogging/​running go to/​visit/ (especially North American English) hit/​work out at the gym strengthen/​tone/​train your stomach muscles contract/​relax/​stretch/​use/​work your lower-body muscles build (up)/gain muscle improve/​increase your stamina/​energy levels/​physical fitness burn/​consume/​expend caloriesStaying healthy be/​get/​keep/​stay healthy/​in shape/(especially British English) fit lower your cholesterol/​blood pressure boost/​stimulate/​strengthen your immune system prevent/​reduce the risk of heart disease/​high blood pressure/​diabetes/​osteoporosis reduce/​relieve/​manage/​combat stress enhance/​promote relaxation/​physical and mental well-being see also overweight, underweight See related entries: Healthy eating habits
  2. 2  [uncountable] the fact of being heavy He staggered a little under the weight of his backpack. I just hoped the branch would take my weight. The pillars have to support the weight of the roof. Don't put any weight on that ankle for at least a week. see also dead weight
  3. heavy object
  4. 3  [countable] an object that is heavy The doctor said he should not lift heavy weights.
  5. 4[countable] an object used to keep something in position or as part of a machine weights on a fishing line see also paperweight
  6. responsibility/worry
  7. 5[singular] weight (of something) a great responsibility or worry synonym burden The full weight of responsibility falls on her. The news was certainly a weight off my mind (= I did not have to worry about it any more). Finally telling the truth was a great weight off my shoulders.
  8. influence/strength
  9. 6[uncountable] importance, influence or strength The many letters of support added weight to the campaign. The President has now offered to lend his weight to the project. Your opinion carries weight with the boss. How can you ignore the sheer weight of medical opinion? The weight of evidence against her is overwhelming.
  10. for measuring/lifting
  11. 7[countable, uncountable] a unit or system of units by which weight is measured tables of weights and measures imperial/metric weight
  12. 8[countable] a piece of metal that is known to weigh a particular amount and is used to measure the weight of something, or lifted by people to improve their strength and as a sport a set of weights She lifts weights as part of her training. He does a lot of weight training. More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet. See related entries: Exercise
  13. Word OriginOld English (ge)wiht, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wicht and German Gewicht. The form of the word has been influenced by weigh.Extra examples America’s economic weight Environmental considerations were given due weight in making the decision. He nervously shifted his weight from foot to foot. He threw his weight at the door and it burst open. He was buckling under the weight of his responsibilities. He’s lost a lot of weight. Heavy weights should be lifted with a straight back. Her opinion seemed to carry little weight in the company. I should soon be down to my target weight of 70 kilos. I was worried that the branch wouldn’t take my weight. I won’t have any cake—I have to watch my weight. It is about 76 kilos in weight. Many buildings collapsed under the weight of rain-soaked ash and mud. Many buildings collapsed under the weight of the ash. People’s body weight can fluctuate during the day. She did circuit training and lifted weights to build her fitness. She tried to be quiet, but the stairs creaked under her weight. Sir Leon lent his weight to the Tory campaign yesterday. Stand with your legs apart and your weight evenly distributed. The arch bears the weight of the bridge above. The boy was staggering beneath the weight of a pile of boxes. The doctor told me not to put my weight on this ankle for a month. The new evidence added considerable weight to the prosecution’s case. The rebels were defeated by sheer weight of numbers. The sheer weight of visitors is destroying this tourist attraction. They attach too much weight to academic achievement. With difficulty she managed to pull his dead weight onto the bed. babies with a low birth weight Don’t put any weight on that ankle for at least a week. He’s put on/​gained weight since he gave up smoking. I just hoped the branch would take my weight. No more for me. I need to watch my weight. Sam has a weight problem. She is trying to lose weight. She misjudged the weight of the book. The president now has to lend his weight to the project.Idioms
    groan under the weight of something
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    (formal) used to say that there is too much of something
    to work as hard as everyone else in a job, an activity, etc.
    punch above your weight
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    to be or try to be more successful than others in doing something that normally requires more skill, experience, money, etc. than you have This player seems to be able to constantly punch above his weight. He punched above his weight as the party’s foreign affairs spokesman.
    take the weight off your feet
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    (informal) to sit down and rest, especially when you are tired Come and sit down and take the weight off your feet for a while.
    throw your weight about/around
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    (informal) to use your position of authority or power in an aggressive way in order to achieve what you want She was a good manager, who didn’t find it necessary to throw her weight around.
    throw/put your weight behind something
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    to use all your influence and power to support something The government has thrown its weight behind the anti-pollution campaign.
    the combined power, strength or influence of a group They won the argument by sheer weight of numbers.
    worth your/its weight in gold
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    very useful or valuable A good mechanic is worth his weight in gold.
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