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verb weigh pronunciation in British English /weɪ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleweighing
past tenseweighed
past participleweighed
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  1. 1
    [linking verb] to have a particular weight

    Tell me Clare, how much do you weigh?

    The baby weighed 7 pounds when she was born.

    weigh a ton (=be very heavy):

    Your suitcase weighs a ton.

    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      [transitive] to measure how heavy someone or something is

      Weigh yourself daily and mark your weight on the chart.

      They will weigh your package at the post office.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to consider all the aspects of a situation carefully before making a decision

    The judge weighed all the facts before reaching a verdict.

    weigh something against something:

    Those costs must be weighed against the environmental benefits.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to have an important effect or influence
    weigh against:

    Unfortunately, his batting and fielding weigh against him.

    weigh heavily with someone:

    The defeat weighed heavily with the President.



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