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noun weight pronunciation in American English /weɪt/ 
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pluralweights
  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. 3
    [uncountable] the influence or importance that something has
    give weight to:

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

    carry weight (=have a lot of influence):

    Simpson's opinions carry considerable weight with the President.

    add weight to:

    A recently discovered inscription has added weight to the theory.

    attach weight to:

    We attach little weight to this new evidence.

  3. 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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