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noun weight pronunciation in British English /weɪt/
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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. 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.
  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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