- weighS3 [weı] v▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(be a particular weight)¦2¦(measure weight)¦3¦(consider/compare)¦4¦(influence)¦5 weigh your words6 weigh anchorPhrasal verbsweigh somebody<=>downweigh inweigh on somebody/somethingweigh something<=>outweigh somebody/something<=>up▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[: Old English; Origin: wegan 'to move, carry, weigh']1.) ¦(BE A PARTICULAR WEIGHT)¦ [linking verb]to have a particular weight▪ The young birds weigh only a few grams.▪ Do you know how much it weighs ?▪ What (=how much) do you weigh ?▪ The box was full of books and weighed a ton (=was very heavy) .2.) ¦(MEASURE WEIGHT)¦ [T]to use a machine to discover how much something or someone weighs▪ He weighed some potatoes on the scales.weigh yourself▪ Have you weighed yourself lately?3.) ¦(CONSIDER/COMPARE)¦ also weigh up [T]to consider something carefully so that you can make a decision about it▪ It is my job to weigh the evidence.weigh sth against sth▪ We have to weigh the benefits of the scheme against the costs.4.) ¦(INFLUENCE)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition] formalto influence someone's opinion and the decision that they makeweigh against▪ This unfortunate experience will weigh heavily against further investment in the area.weigh in sb/sth's favour▪ These facts will weigh in your favour.weigh with▪ Her evidence weighed strongly with the judge.5.) weigh your wordsto think very carefully about what you say because you do not want to say the wrong thing▪ He was weighing his words carefully.6.) weigh anchorto raise an ↑anchor and sail awayweigh down [weigh sb<=>down] phr v1.) if something weighs you down, it is heavy and difficult to carrybe weighed down with sth▪ Sally was weighed down with shopping bags.2.) if a problem weighs you down, it makes you feel worried and upsetbe weighed down by/with sth▪ He felt weighed down by his responsibilities.▪ a family weighed down with griefweigh in phr v1.) to have your weight measured before taking part in a competitionweigh in at▪ Higgins weighed in at just over 100 kilos.→↑weigh-in2.) informal to join in an argument or fightweigh in with▪ The chairman then weighed in with his views.weigh on / [weigh on sb/sth] phr vto make someone feel worried and upset▪ The desire for peace will weigh heavily on the negotiators.▪ I'm sure there's something weighing on his mind .▪ The burden of responsibility weighed heavily on his shoulders .weigh out [weigh sth<=>out] phr vto measure an amount of something by weighing it▪ She weighed out half a kilo of rice.weigh up [weigh sb/sth<=>up] phr v1.) to consider something carefully so that you can make a decision about it▪ We're still weighing up the pros and cons (=the advantages and disadvantages) of the two options.2.) to watch someone and listen to them carefully so that you can form an opinion about what they are like▪ I could see that he was weighing me up.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.