weigh


weigh
weigh
S3 [weı] v
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1¦(be a particular weight)¦
2¦(measure weight)¦
3¦(consider/compare)¦
4¦(influence)¦
5 weigh your words
6 weigh anchor
Phrasal verbs
 weigh somebody<=>down
 weigh in
 weigh on somebody/something
 weigh something<=>out
 weigh somebody/something<=>up
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[: Old English; Origin: wegan 'to move, carry, weigh']
1.) ¦(BE A PARTICULAR WEIGHT)¦ [linking verb]
to have a particular weight
The young birds weigh only a few grams.
Do you know how much it weighs ?
What (=how much) do you weigh ?
The box was full of books and weighed a ton (=was very heavy) .
2.) ¦(MEASURE WEIGHT)¦ [T]
to use a machine to discover how much something or someone weighs
He weighed some potatoes on the scales.
weigh yourself
Have you weighed yourself lately?
3.) ¦(CONSIDER/COMPARE)¦ also weigh up [T]
to consider something carefully so that you can make a decision about it
It is my job to weigh the evidence.
weigh sth against sth
We have to weigh the benefits of the scheme against the costs.
4.) ¦(INFLUENCE)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition] formal
to influence someone's opinion and the decision that they make
weigh against
This unfortunate experience will weigh heavily against further investment in the area.
weigh in sb/sth's favour
These facts will weigh in your favour.
weigh with
Her evidence weighed strongly with the judge.
5.) weigh your words
to think very carefully about what you say because you do not want to say the wrong thing
He was weighing his words carefully.
6.) weigh anchor
to raise an ↑anchor and sail away
weigh down [weigh sb<=>down] phr v
1.) if something weighs you down, it is heavy and difficult to carry
be weighed down with sth
Sally was weighed down with shopping bags.
2.) if a problem weighs you down, it makes you feel worried and upset
be weighed down by/with sth
He felt weighed down by his responsibilities.
a family weighed down with grief
weigh in phr v
1.) to have your weight measured before taking part in a competition
weigh in at
Higgins weighed in at just over 100 kilos.
→↑weigh-in
2.) informal to join in an argument or fight
weigh in with
The chairman then weighed in with his views.
weigh on / [weigh on sb/sth] phr v
to make someone feel worried and upset
The desire for peace will weigh heavily on the negotiators.
I'm sure there's something weighing on his mind .
The burden of responsibility weighed heavily on his shoulders .
weigh out [weigh sth<=>out] phr v
to measure an amount of something by weighing it
She weighed out half a kilo of rice.
weigh up [weigh sb/sth<=>up] phr v
1.) to consider something carefully so that you can make a decision about it
We're still weighing up the pros and cons (=the advantages and disadvantages) of the two options.
2.) to watch someone and listen to them carefully so that you can form an opinion about what they are like
I could see that he was weighing me up.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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