Main definitions of weigh in English

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  • 1Find out how heavy (someone or something) is, typically using scales.

    ‘weigh yourself on the day you begin the diet’
    ‘the vendor weighed the vegetables’
    • ‘The Australian gold rush of the 1850s generated a huge demand for accurate scales to weigh precious metals and guns to protect the gold bullion.’
    • ‘A blonde goes into a pharmacy and asks to use the baby scale to weigh the child she has in her arms.’
    • ‘Michael, who was so large his GP's scales could not weigh him, has lost almost 20 inches from his waist - and he's still shrinking.’
    • ‘We have a scale and offer to weigh members if they choose.’
    • ‘Weighing the infant can be accurate if an electronic scale is used.’
    • ‘I shall in future weigh, not guess, quantities of rice and pasta.’
    • ‘The buckets were then weighed and the heaviest amount won.’
    • ‘We finally find a larger scale to weigh the crop.’
    • ‘Stallholders weigh produce on scales strung from a notched rod, balanced on one finger.’
    • ‘Many industries developed their own very specific scales designed to weigh particular items.’
    • ‘Scales to weigh the bags were part of the mills' equipment.’
    • ‘The smith weighs each coin on a little scale.’
    • ‘The jury should infer that the applicant had used the scales in order to weigh the drugs before supplying them.’
    • ‘We weighed our athletes with accurate scales before a training session, and then again on completion of the session.’
    • ‘He said he used the scales to weigh drugs before buying them.’
    measure the weight of, measure how heavy someone is, measure how heavy something is, put someone on the scales, put something on the scales
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    1. 1.1Have a specified weight.
      ‘when the twins were born they weighed ten pounds’
      • ‘They are heavy weapons made of steel and weigh a lot.’
      • ‘Maybe I can weigh another 13 pounds less by this coming July.’
      • ‘The baby born in 1988 weighed only one pound and four ounces.’
      • ‘Olivia was born weighing a healthy 5lb 12 oz.’
      • ‘She weighs a few pounds less than she did in '61, and is, if anything, even stronger and more trim.’
      • ‘He lifted me as easily as if I weighed nothing.’
      • ‘The book weighs almost ten pounds.’
      • ‘Luke is born prematurely weighing only one pound and four ounces.’
      • ‘We were about to enter our sophomore year, and he still weighed the 100 pounds he always had.’
      • ‘The real beauty of this rifle is that it weighs a mere 3.9 pounds!’
      • ‘The calf weighed a healthy 30 pounds and was 3 feet long.’
      • ‘A slight boy, standing 5 feet 5 inches and weighing a mere 115 pounds, Weider became easy prey for local thugs.’
      • ‘I was never a ‘fat’ kid, but I remember weighing a good 10 pounds more than my classmates did.’
      • ‘I lost 70 pounds over the next two years, and I now weigh a healthy 125 pounds.’
      tip the scales at, turn the scales at, come to
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    2. 1.2Balance in the hands to guess or as if to guess the weight of.
      ‘she picked up the brick and weighed it in her right hand’
      • ‘Pulling out a rather large bag of gold pieces, he held it out, weighing it out in his hand.’
    3. 1.3Measure and take from a larger quantity of a substance a portion of a particular weight.
      ‘she weighed out two ounces of loose tobacco’
      • ‘Flour, sugar, rice and other dry goods and plain biscuits were weighed out into brown paper bags.’
  • 2Assess the nature or importance of, especially with a view to a decision or action.

    ‘the consequences of the move would need to be very carefully weighed’
    • ‘Risks and benefits associated with the use of aspirin have to be weighed carefully in any recommendations made by health care professionals.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, he stressed that the matter would have to be carefully weighed by the government before any final decision could be made.’
    • ‘How is the court to weigh and balance all these claims?’
    • ‘These several costs must be weighed carefully.’
    • ‘There was nothing impulsive about her; she weighed everything, from decisions to her own feelings.’
    • ‘The selection of a particular value for a benefit-cost or net benefit analysis must be carefully weighed against the objectives of the analysis.’
    • ‘The totality of the evidence needs to be weighed and assessed.’
    • ‘Even in instances in which the likelihood of harm appears low, the costs, demands, risks, and benefits must be carefully weighed.’
    • ‘There is something quiet and assured about her, and when she talks it seems as if she is carefully weighing each of her words before letting them go.’
    • ‘Professional opportunities and options are to be weighed and considered before a clear decision can be taken.’
    • ‘The positive and negative aspects need to be weighed and then a decision is to be taken.’
    • ‘He is a reserved man who prefers action to words, weighs those he uses carefully, and is not given to shows of emotion.’
    • ‘On sensitive subjects my words have to be weighed carefully.’
    • ‘Their points of view have been listened to carefully, balanced, and weighed.’
    • ‘But this long-term view has to be weighed against all the work that needs to be undertaken now.’
    • ‘In each case trial judges must weigh and balance a catalogue of relevant factors.’
    • ‘Each issue, whether it involved an individual or an entire community, was weighed carefully.’
    • ‘Proposed reforms, therefore, ought to be weighed carefully as to whether they are necessary and whether they are worth the costs.’
    • ‘Every act must be carefully weighed before a decision is made to see whether it meets the strict ethical criteria.’
    consider, contemplate, think about, give thought to, entertain the idea of, deliberate about, turn over in one's mind, mull over, chew over, reflect on, ruminate about, muse on
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    1. 2.1Compare the importance of one factor with that of (another)
      ‘they need to weigh benefit against risk’
      • ‘The project was a balancing act of weighing options against the project's time.’
      • ‘Although the agency didn't ban these drugs, they did say doctors should weigh the benefits against risks for individual patients.’
      • ‘We all need to be more resourceful in helping people weigh the risks against the potential consequences of their actions.’
      • ‘Because they are stupid, they do not know how to weigh benefits against risk?’
      • ‘Although Claire was thrilled to receive tenure at the university where she teaches, she felt her promotion had a certain hollow quality when she weighed its importance against the satisfaction of being a parent.’
      • ‘So before putting money down, weigh the costs against the potential benefits.’
      • ‘This is a balancing test where the risk of the device is weighed against the benefits of such a device.’
      • ‘In evaluating the justness of any military venture, it's critical to weigh the anticipated benefits against the expected costs.’
      • ‘Even if vaccines cause some adverse reactions in some people, even serious reactions, you still have to weigh their benefit against their harm.’
      • ‘Once a jury renders a guilty verdict for murder in the first degree, mitigating factors are weighed against aggravating circumstances to decide the defendant's fate.’
      • ‘The FDA is advising doctors to weigh the benefits against risks when prescribing Cox - 2 inhibitors for their patients.’
      • ‘It now appears to be a choice of weighing the risks against the benefits.’
      • ‘Instead, the writer forces us to hold these two characteristics in our mind at the same time. We have to balance them, weigh them against each other, compare and contrast them.’
      • ‘Should not any intervention be assessed with care, weighing costs against benefits?’
      • ‘But I couldn't begin to weigh the potential bloodshed against the potential benefits.’
      • ‘But we need to weigh these downsides against the benefits.’
      • ‘What you have to do is weigh the costs against the benefits.’
      • ‘Exercising free will, individuals calculate the net benefit simply by weighing potential gains against potential losses.’
      • ‘As always, try to understand the relevant protocols and weigh the risks against the benefits.’
      • ‘Should patients have a choice to base their decision on whether or not to take a drug by weighing the risks against the benefits?’
    2. 2.2[no object]Influence a decision or action; be considered important.
      ‘arguments which weighed in favour of publication’
      ‘the evidence weighed against him’
      • ‘The guilt was slowly lifting, but her fear of making the wrong decision still weighed heavily.’
      • ‘Some of the Internationals might be experienced soldiers, Bligh noted, but their age weighed against them for work like this.’
      • ‘However, ironically, it was its apparent lack of objectivity that weighed against it for most North American psychologists.’
      • ‘Challenges to official director slates will likely be rare, but the mere threat of them could weigh heavily on management decisions.’
      • ‘The evidence of human history weighs heavily against it.’
      • ‘Decisions we make today will surely weigh heavily on the shape of the world we eventually leave.’
      • ‘Iowa's emphasis on public education weighed heavily on their decision to move their young family here.’
      • ‘This kind of schedule has one very important consequence, one that weighs more heavily on me now than it used to.’
      • ‘The fact that Cipollini is 36 and has not been at his best since the start of the season weighed heavily on our decision.’
      • ‘The idea of adding a hard drive to a handset isn't new, but so far disk sizes and reliability issues have weighed against their incorporation into mobiles.’
      • ‘The epidemiological evidence weighs heavily against such a link.’
      • ‘Street lighting was discussed but the unsuitability in a rural area and the question of cost weighed against any benefit.’
      • ‘Since assumed jurisdiction would not accord with such standards, nor with the law of the defendant's home, this factor weighed against assuming jurisdiction.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, the stress of the job has weighed heavily on him.’
      • ‘Two factors weighed against any widespread acceptance of the classical version of atomism.’
      • ‘Clearly, the principle of freedom doesn't weigh heavily in his decision making.’
      • ‘Given the recent attacks on his web site, it isn't very difficult to see why these matters weigh heavily with him.’
      • ‘TNT submitted that this process weighed against the legitimacy of the claims.’
      influence, have influence with, be influential to, carry weight with, count with, tell with, matter to, be important to, be significant to, mean something to, make an impression on, get to, register with
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  • weigh anchor

  • weigh one's words

    • Carefully choose the way one expresses something.

      • ‘He took a deep breath and held it for a moment as he weighed his words carefully.’
      • ‘We agree that the country is at war and that we all must weigh our words accordingly.’
      • ‘His eyes carried a strange intensity, as if he were weighing his words and the impact they would have on her.’
      • ‘He answered slowly and cautiously, as if weighing his words before he said them.’
      • ‘‘Well… there is one actually,’ he began slowly, weighing his words and hoping he would sound convincing enough.’
      • ‘He talks with a grace and poise that is typically German, weighing his words carefully as we discuss the band's new release.’
      • ‘I think one should weigh one's words carefully.’
      • ‘She stared intently at Jude, weighing his words in her mind.’
      • ‘Presumably he weighed his words carefully, and meant to convey a threat.’
      • ‘She stared at him, her own discretion fleeting from her as she carefully weighed her words before speaking.’
      • ‘‘When you have never had a special needs child before… ‘she pauses and weighs her words ‘… it is a discovery.’
      • ‘Kyle remained quiet for a moment, weighing his words.’
      • ‘She paused, weighing her words before speaking them.’
      • ‘She took a deep breath, weighing her words carefully before she spoke.’
      • ‘Even so,’ she continued, weighing her words carefully, ‘I couldn't help but hope that I would get the chance to tell you how incredibly sorry I am.’
      • ‘‘If they're not yours,’ he seemed to be weighing his words, ‘Where did you find them?’’
      • ‘Carmel always brought intelligence and a sense of reality to her contributions at local authority level, weighing her words with care and consideration.’
      • ‘I could feel her staring, weighing my words and testing them to see if I was telling the truth.’
      • ‘There was a moment's pause and he spoke again, weighing his words.’
      • ‘Denny stared at him, weighing his words, and finally nodded.’
      • ‘He sensed her weighing his words, considering his description.’
      • ‘He's taking his time, weighing his words and squeezing them out in measured drops.’
      • ‘‘It's better without Sophie,’ I reply, weighing my words carefully, ‘she has to learn that other people are willing to look past her image.’’

Phrasal Verbs

  • weigh someone down

    • 1Be heavy and cumbersome to someone.

      ‘my waders and fishing gear weighed me down’
      • ‘It wasn't easy, for her clothing and ice-skates became very heavy when wet and they weighed her down.’
      • ‘The silence was so heavy I could feel it weighing me down.’
      • ‘Despite the heavy clothing that was weighing me down, I felt light, as though a stone had been lifted off my heart.’
      • ‘I unfolded my maps, and to keep them from being blown away in the wind, I weighed them down with ski poles and stuff bags of gear.’
      • ‘The warrior had had a head start, but Norwood wasn't weighed down by any heavy, clanking armour.’
      • ‘Just place a clean, heavy skillet on top of your sandwiches to press and weigh them down as they grill.’
      • ‘My arms felt like heavy clubs, weighing me down.’
      • ‘She felt heavy, like her body was weighed down with rocks.’
      • ‘Their many layers of clothing and heavy sleds weighed them down as they attempted to scale the hill.’
      • ‘Ships fill their empty oil tanks with water to weigh them down and maintain balance at sea, then dump the water before arriving at port to fill up with petroleum.’
      • ‘It was made out of heavy material, like an anchor weighing him down.’
      • ‘He tried to whistle to her, but his clothes were beginning to weigh him down, and his mouth filled with water.’
      • ‘I think that my guards could see that those heavier ones just weighed me down.’
      • ‘The water was deep - neck high on me - and I was weighed down with all this extra gear.’
      • ‘He raised his arms, feeling like they were weighed down and filled with tons of lead.’
      • ‘My clothes and pack had already become heavy and were weighing me down.’
      • ‘Sand filled her boots and her hair, weighing her down.’
      • ‘‘I am a pretty fast runner but he was very nifty and I was weighed down by my work overalls and heavy boots,’ he said.’
      burden, weight, saddle, charge
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      1. 1.1Be oppressive or burdensome to someone.
        ‘she was weighed down by the responsibility of looking after her sisters’
        • ‘Janine, I didn't come here to weigh you down, I never wanted to be a burden.’
        • ‘The unhappiness he is carrying weighs him down entirely.’
        • ‘Liv tilted her head to the side as if the weight of thinking about all that she was obsessed with was weighing her down.’
        • ‘Looking at Dorrie alone in her sitting-room, you wonder how someone so slender and gentle has carried the burdens life has weighed her down with.’
        • ‘The citizens of the devolved parts of the U.K. have not been weighed down with an impossible burden of taxation.’
        • ‘For a while, the long, continuous burdens of your life weigh you down so much you can't see a future.’
        • ‘Obviously whatever decision she's reached has helped relieve the burden that's been weighing her down.’
        • ‘I don't want to weigh him down with personal worries that probably won't amount to much anyways.’
        • ‘Every day offers a blank slate, free of the stresses and frustrations that have been weighing us down.’
        • ‘Whatever you do, try your best to keep a big perspective. Don't let the worries and concerns of the day dominate your thoughts or weigh you down.’
        • ‘I just remained out of his sight, with the burden of worry weighing me down.’
        • ‘Questions must be asked whether the poverty that now weighs us down can always be blamed on other people.’
        • ‘We could rent here, probably for the cost of what a mortgage would be but without the property taxes and utilities weighing us down.’
        • ‘My family added burdens and problems to my shoulders, and weighed me down with their dysfunction - but there was something about leaving them that seemed not entirely right.’
        • ‘I felt as if a huge burden weighing me down had suddenly loosened.’
        • ‘She looked into his face, and guilt and self-reproach dissolved, along with the memory of another face, other eyes, ones that haunted and weighed her down with unresolvable pain.’
        • ‘we laughed a little, but there was something heavy weighing us down.’
        • ‘We were starting our careers; we had student loans weighing us down.’
        • ‘It was obvious that something was bothering her, weighing her down, and it was impossible for Amy's nature to ignore.’
        • ‘I miss her so much and the guilt of failure weighs me down like lead boots.’
        oppress, depress, lie heavy on, weigh on, press down on, burden, be a burden on, be a burden to, cast down, hang over, gnaw at, prey on, prey on someone's mind
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  • weigh in

    • 1(of a boxer or jockey) be officially weighed before or after a contest.

      ‘Mason weighed in at 17st 10 lb’
      • ‘FEBRUARY 20 The day before the contest, Prince weighs in at 276 pounds - his heaviest contest weight ever.’
      • ‘For example, I only weigh about 200 lb when I weigh in with my clothes on.’
      • ‘I hopped off, weighed in and headed back to the jockeys' room for the next race.’
      • ‘Tann weighed in for the bout at 230 pounds while Gavern tipped the scales at 223 pounds.’
      • ‘He weighs in at 280 lb… and has a distinct weight advantage over other X Division wrestlers.’
      • ‘I've got my own scales, that read the same as those at the Centre, so I'll be weighing in at the same time each week until then.’
      • ‘No objection was lodged before the jockeys weighed in.’
      • ‘The Sun Bear or Malay Bear is one of the smallest bears in the world, but even so, still weighs in between 30 to 50 kg and can be up to 1 1/2 metres in length.’
      • ‘After the picture, I weighed in and headed for the jockey's room to change for Mulch Gulch's race.’
    • 2Make a forceful contribution to a competition or argument.

      ‘the dispute turned nastier when Steward weighed in’
      ‘the paper's editor weighed in with criticism of the president’
      • ‘Now based in Washington, D.C., the group frequently weighs in on issues related to the environment, energy, and biotechnology.’
      • ‘And Dave in Florida weighs in with this, ‘I only wish I could change my plans due to gas prices.’’
      • ‘In your capacity as an elections official, I appeal to you to weigh in on the side of democratic principles.’
      • ‘The Daily Press of Newport News, Va., weighs in with some 8,000 words, while The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, among others, is a comparatively pithy 500 words.’
      • ‘The Washington Post, official voice of the Democratic Party, weighs in on Social Security, in an article titled ‘Poorest Face Most Risk on Social Security’.’
      • ‘UNDP officials have argued that it isn't their role to weigh in on the merits of geopolitical claims.’
      • ‘Edwards weighs in against gay marriages and school vouchers, in favor of affirmative action and against caps on jury awards in medical malpractice cases.’
      • ‘When the National Academy of Sciences weighs in on a matter, you're not talking fringe wackos, but the best and the brightest of mainstream scientific thought.’
      • ‘And The Wall Street Journal weighs in, too.’
      • ‘Gary weighs in with the position that ‘intellectual propaganda means nothing.’’
      • ‘Politicians and officials weighed in to say the government should act.’
  • weigh in at

    • 1Be of (a specified weight)

      ‘I had been putting on weight until I weighed in at 12 stone 3 pounds’
      • ‘The 240R does come fully loaded and weighs in at 930Kg.’
      • ‘Remember that the Elise remains one of the few genuinely lightweight cars on the market, weighing in at around 750 kg.’
      • ‘After the arduous task of laying an egg weighing in at 20 per cent of her body weight the female takes a break - heading off to build up her reserves.’
      • ‘The modern discus weighs in at just 5 pounds, one-third of the original weight.’
      • ‘The machine weighs in at 56 000 pounds.’
      • ‘After the boys were delivered during that operation - weighing in at about 3lb each, a much better weight than expected - it was three days before Vanessa was well enough to be able to visit them.’
      • ‘The camera weighs in at about 800g.’
      • ‘Considering that the car weighs in at some 1,600 kg, these are impressive numbers.’
      • ‘The average fish over the two days weighed in at a staggering average weight of 2lb 12 oz.’
      • ‘Hartson, who weighs in at 14 st 6lb, said monitoring his weight involved not having ‘six or seven pints’ if O'Neill granted his players a few days off, but ‘a bottle of wine’ instead.’
      1. 1.1Cost (a specified amount)
        ‘the car weighs in at £10,270’
        • ‘The total cost of that first UGM weighed in at nearly $9,500, though that did include a surround sound receiver.’
        • ‘Added to the line-up in the autumn will be a new entry level model in the shape of a 1.4-litre petrol which weighs in at £14,175.’
        • ‘North Sea cod roe and chips weigh in at 140 baht, whilst a red salmon sandwich costs a very reasonable 50 baht.’
        • ‘Childcare costs in Britain are higher than anywhere else in Europe, with the average cost of a private day nursery weighing in at over £580 a month.’
        • ‘The total cost of disease eradication to the taxpayers weighs in at 216m.’
        • ‘At the top of the tree is the Cupra R, which weighs in at €37,600.’
        • ‘The cardboard box it comes in and the delivery costs weigh in at more than the chip itself.’
        • ‘Childcare costs in Britain are the highest in Europe, with the average annual cost of a private day nursery weighing in at around £7,000.’
        • ‘Exclusivity costs though, with the Clio V6 weighing in at £27,000.’
        • ‘The jackpot, which already looked healthy before now, is £100 heavier and weighs in at £2,300.’
        • ‘The system used weighs in at a total cost of a whopping E287,384.’
  • weigh into

    • 1Join in forcefully or enthusiastically.

      ‘they weighed into the election campaign’
      • ‘Religious leaders also weighed into the debate.’
      • ‘A veteran political journalist also weighs into the debate.’
      • ‘A government Minister has weighed into the controversy over alleged breaches of foot and mouth rules at a North Yorkshire grouse shoot.’
      • ‘Meg Lees, she who caved in over the GST, jumped ship (admittedly it was sinking) now weighs into the FTA debate supporting Labor but saying the amendments don't go far enough.’
      • ‘Some of Australia's most powerful companies, including Qantas and the Commonwealth Bank, have weighed into the political debate about the environment.’
      • ‘The Archbishop of Canterbury weighs into the discussion in the Telegraph.’
      • ‘A coroner weighed into the national controversy over speed cameras when he suggested that one may have caused a fatal accident by distracting the driver.’
      • ‘Roger Simon, a former leftist, weighs into the debate.’
      • ‘The Prime Minister has weighed into the argument, saying she wants to make it clear her party is inherently opposed to capital punishment.’
      • ‘Also weighing into the debate is the Australian drug industry.’
      • ‘Yesterday, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, weighed into the debate.’
      • ‘The Federal Environment Minister has weighed into a bitter environmental dispute in Queensland, where tourists are deliberately defying a State Government ban on feeding wild dolphins.’
      1. 1.1Attack physically or verbally.
        ‘he weighed into the companies for their high costs’
        • ‘The comments came as the White House weighed into the latest controversy for the first time, describing the two IRA statements, released within 24 hours of each other, as ‘unwelcome’.’
        • ‘Soldiers and police, armed with assault rifles, shields and sticks, rushed forward and weighed into the melee.’
        • ‘Livingstone, 59, has weighed into the row.’
        • ‘Federal MP Anthony couldn't resist weighing into the debate.’
        • ‘NZ Herald columnist Gordon McLauchlan has weighed into Holmes three times in the past year.’
        attack, turn on, lash out at, set upon, assault, fly at, lunge at, let fly at, tear into, pitch into, belabour
        lay into, sail into, lace into, let someone have it, take a pop at
        light into
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  • weigh on

    • Be depressing or burdensome to.

      ‘his unhappiness would weigh on my mind so much’
      • ‘I know what he did was wrong, but this has been weighing on his mind for a long time.’
      • ‘Does the danger of a road accident weigh on the mind of cyclists?’
      • ‘Rising oil prices and interest rates, coupled with US stock markets being at their lowest level for nine months, are believed to be the major concerns weighing on consumers' minds.’
      • ‘People don't forget information like that, and it weighs on their minds.’
      • ‘With many factors weighing on the minds of these graduates, many roads can be taken to begin employment.’
      • ‘It is no longer just the economic losses suffered by the finance, entertainment and tourist industries in Queensland that should be weighing on the Premier's mind.’
      • ‘Those questions weigh on the general's mind.’
      • ‘Investors worry that high oil prices, which helped boost the trade deficit by 12%, will weigh on the economy and depress stock prices.’
      • ‘Yeah, there has been something weighing on my mind over the past month.’
      • ‘Since I know something is weighing on your mind anyway, you might as well tell me what it is.’
      • ‘What are the issues that are weighing on their minds?’
      • ‘If it's really weighing on your mind then apologize.’
      • ‘The immediate prospect of financial cutbacks weighs on his mind.’
      • ‘I was getting ready for that important meeting that was weighing on my mind but it no longer mattered.’
      • ‘The Middle East has been weighing on my mind lately.’
      • ‘That depressing trend no doubt weighed on the minds of the delegates who gathered this week in Boston for the Democratic National Convention.’
      • ‘Terrorism really is a huge problem, whether it's weighing on our minds on a particular day or not.’
      • ‘Despite the burden that weighed on his mind, the swordsman never felt happier in his life.’
      • ‘One of the things that has been weighing on my mind is the reorganization we are going through at work.’
      • ‘It would be nice if the security situation was more under control than it is, and this weighs on investors' minds.’
      oppress, lie heavy on, press down on, burden, be a burden on, be a burden to, weigh down, cast down, hang over, gnaw at, prey on, prey on someone's mind
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  • weigh out

    • (of a jockey) be weighed before a race.

      • ‘Jockeys started to weigh out in kilograms instead of stones and pounds.’
      • ‘If the new rules are passed, a jockey will be paid only when he is officially weighed out, and he will not be paid if he elects not to ride.’
      • ‘The original concept is to have your clients weigh in the week before Thanksgiving and then weigh out during the first week of January.’
      • ‘Jockeys weigh out with the clerk of scales in order to earn their mount fees.’
      • ‘They must not weigh in at more than a pound less than they weighed out.’
      • ‘Amazingly, Carberry nearly missed the ride after weighing out with only a minute and a half to spare.’
  • weigh someone/thing up

    • Carefully assess someone or something.

      ‘the coach weighed up his team's opponents’
      • ‘I weighed these options up in my mind.’
      • ‘When they assess you and weigh you up, all that type of stuff, just remember, it's very inaccurate.’
      • ‘Last week Mr Justice Headley had to tackle these difficult questions and to weigh them up alongside testimony that was often contrary.’
      • ‘Let's look at the benefits, and let's look at the costs and let's weigh them up.’
      • ‘I didn't stop to weigh things up, but phoned for an ambulance and described the scene.’
      • ‘Every activity can be weighed up and deliberated over according to the level of risk that it carries, and what could be gained by doing it.’
      • ‘For twenty minutes Tom stood there weighing things up in his mind.’
      • ‘United Future has weighed this issue up carefully.’
      • ‘We are constantly urged to weigh things up, to ponder, to reflect.’
      • ‘I'm still very much weighing things up at the moment, but I think I might vote Lib Dem again because they opposed the war.’
      • ‘Arthur weighs everything up very carefully before offering a considered opinion.’
      • ‘There were pros and cons and I reckoned I'd need a day or two to weigh them up and make a decision.’


Old English wegan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wegen weigh, German bewegen move, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin vehere convey. Early senses included ‘transport from one place to another’ and ‘raise up’.




Main definitions of weigh in English

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  • another way of saying under way
    • ‘At 9 A. M., three of their brigs got under weigh, and stood down the bay, supposed to be on the look out.’
    • ‘At 10 a.m. got under weigh and turned out of Port Chalky At 4 p.m. came to an anchor in Preservation Bay.’
    • ‘A ship is under weigh when she has weighed her anchor… As soon as she gathers way she is under way.’
    • ‘His presence was by no means necessary in getting the ship under weigh, and steering her well out to sea.’
    • ‘Don't be alarmed, ma'am; as soon as we're under weigh we'll hoist the cow up, and get the piano down.’
    • ‘The plan did not get under weigh for almost two years after the end of fighting.’
    • ‘Got under weigh and stood down the harbour but unfortunately the water being low the vessel got aground.’
    • ‘After we had been under weigh for some 20 minutes, we should have reached our destination in just that time.’
    • ‘My last letter closed at the commencement of our voyage, since which we have been constantly under weigh, with the exception of short interruptions on the coast of Norfolk, in Yarmouth roads.’
    • ‘He could see Captain Mason supervising his crew, and once under weigh, saw him wave and salute.’


Late 18th century: from an erroneous association with weigh anchor (see anchor).