1【be a particular weight】2【measure weight】3【consider/compare】4【influence】5 weigh your words6 weigh anchorPhrasal verbs weigh somebody⇔down weigh in weigh on somebody/something weigh something⇔out weigh somebody/something⇔up
[Language: Old English; Origin:
wegan 'to move, carry, weigh'
]【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) .【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?【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.【INFLUENCE】 [I always + adverb/preposition] formal
to 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. weigh your words
to think very carefully about what you say because you do not want to say the wrong thing He was weighing his words carefully. weigh anchor
to raise an anchor
and sail awayweigh down
[weigh sb⇔down] phr v
if something weighs you down, it is heavy and difficult to carrybe weighed down with sth Sally was weighed down with shopping bags.
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 v
to have your weight measured before taking part in a competitionweigh in at Higgins weighed in at just over 100 kilos.
→ weigh-in 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 v
to 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 v
to measure an amount of something by weighing it She weighed out half a kilo of rice.weigh up
[weigh sb/sth⇔up] phr v
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.
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.