weight - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [uncountable] a measurement of how heavy a person or thing is
    in weight:

    It was about 12 pounds in weight.

    lose weight (=become thinner):

    Have you lost weight?

    put on/gain weight (=become fatter):

    Susan gained weight after her accident.

    1. a.
      the condition or effect of being heavy
      weight of:

      The weight of the backpack made the child fall over.

      Tim was stuck under the weight of the fallen tree.

  2. 2
    [countable] a heavy object that is used for making another thing heavier

    He tied weights to the sack and hurled it into the river.

    1. b.
      a piece of metal that weighs a particular amount, used for measuring how much something else weighs
    2. c.
      any heavy object, especially one that is difficult to lift or move

      The car was not able to pull such a large weight.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] the influence or importance that something has
    add weight to:

    A recently discovered inscription has added weight to the theory.

    attach weight to:

    We attach little weight to this new evidence.

    carry weight (=have a lot of influence):

    Simpson’s opinions carry considerable weight with the President.

    give weight to:

    Patten was not inclined to give much weight to their judgment.

  4. 4
    [singular] something that causes you trouble or difficulty

    Susan now bears the full weight of running the family.

    a weight off your mind (=something that you no longer have to worry about):

    Obviously the verdict is a huge weight off my mind.

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