weight1 W2S1 [weıt] n
1¦(amount somebody/something weighs)¦
2¦(how fat)¦
4¦(heavy thing)¦
8¦(for measuring quantities)¦
9¦(for sport)¦
10 throw your weight about/around
11 throw your weight behind somebody/something
12 pull your weight
13 take the weight off your feet
[: Old English; Origin: wiht]
how heavy something is when you measure it
The average weight of a baby at birth is just over seven pounds.
in weight
fish that are over two kilos in weight
by weight
Fruit and vegetables are sold by weight.
2.) ¦(HOW FAT)¦[U]
how heavy and fat someone is
You shouldn't worry about your weight.
He put on weight when he was at university.
She's lost a lot of weight recently.
He was having to watch his weight for the first time in his life.
How have you kept your weight down ?
Sara's convinced she has a weight problem .
a sudden large weight gain
3.) ¦(HEAVINESS)¦[U]
the fact that something is heavy
The weight of her boots made it hard for Sue to run.
I didn't know if the bridge would support our weight .
under the weight of sth
Karen staggered along under the weight of her backpack.
something that is heavy
I can't lift heavy weights because of my bad back.
5.) ¦(WORRY)¦
something that causes you a lot of worry because you have to deal with it
weight of
She felt a great weight of responsibility.
families who are crumbling under the weight of increasing debt
Selling the house is a weight off my mind (=something that no longer causes a lot of worry) .
if something has weight, it is important and influences people
She knew that her opinion carried very little weight .
give/add weight to sth
This scandal adds more weight to their arguments.
7.) ¦(AMOUNT)¦
weight of sth
a large amount of something
The weight of evidence is that unemployment leads to all sorts of health problems.
The weight of public opinion is behind the teachers.
They won the battle by sheer weight of numbers (=very large numbers of people) .
a piece of metal that weighs an exact amount and is balanced against something else to measure how much the other thing weighs
9.) ¦(FOR SPORT)¦
a piece of metal that weighs an exact amount and is lifted by people as a sport
I've been lifting weights since I was 18.
10.) throw your weight about/around informal
to use your position of authority to tell people what to do in an unpleasant and unreasonable way
11.) throw your weight behind sb/sth
to use all your power and influence to support someone or something
The US has thrown its weight behind the new leader.
12.) pull your weight
to do your full share of work
He accused me of not pulling my weight.
13.) take the weight off your feet informal
used to tell someone to sit down
Come in, take the weight off your feet.
COLLOCATES for sense 2
put on/gain weight (=get fatter)
lose weight (=get thinner)
watch your weight (=try not to get fatter, by eating the correct foods)
get/keep your weight down also get/keep the weight off (=become thinner or stay thin)
weight problem (=a tendency to be too fat)
weight gain/loss
weight control (=ways of not getting too fat)
somebody's ideal weight
weight 2
weight2 v [T]
1.) also weight down
to fix a heavy object to something in order to keep it in place
weight sth (down) with sth
The fishing nets are weighted down with lead.
2.) to change something slightly so that you give more importance to particular ideas or people
weight sth in favour of sb/sth
There is always a temptation to weight the report in favour of the option you want.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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