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weight

noun Save Word \ ˈwāt \

Definition of weight

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 a : the amount that a thing weighs b (1) : the standard or established amount that a thing should weigh (2) : one of the classes into which contestants in a sports event are divided according to body weight (3) : poundage required to be carried by a horse in a handicap race 2 a : a quantity or thing weighing a fixed and usually specified amount b : a heavy object (such as a metal ball) thrown, put, or lifted as an athletic exercise or contest 3 a : a unit of weight or mass — see Metric System Table b : a piece of material (such as metal) of known specified weight for use in weighing articles c : a system of related units of weight 4 a : something heavy : load b : a heavy object to hold or press something down or to counterbalance 5 a : burden , pressure the weight of their responsibilities b : the quality or state of being ponderous c : corpulence 6 a : relative heaviness : mass b : the force with which a body is attracted toward the earth or a celestial body by gravitation and which is equal to the product of the mass and the local gravitational acceleration 7 a : the relative importance or authority accorded something the weight of her opinions b : measurable influence especially on others throwing his weight behind the proposal 8 : overpowering force 9 : the quality (such as lightness) that makes a fabric or garment suitable for a particular use or season often used in combination summer- weight 10 : a numerical coefficient assigned to an item to express its relative importance in a frequency distribution 11 : the degree of thickness of the strokes of a type character

weight

verb weighted ; weighting ; weights

Definition of weight (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to oppress with a burden weighted down with cares 2 a : to load or make heavy with or as if with a weight b : to increase in heaviness by adding an ingredient 3 a : weigh sense 1 b : to feel the weight of : heft 4 : to assign a statistical weight to 5 : to cause to incline in a particular direction by manipulation the tax structure … which was weighted so heavily in favor of the upper classes A. S. Link 6 : to shift the burden of weight upon weight the inside ski Synonyms & Antonyms Choose the Right Synonym More Example Sentences Phrases Containing weight Learn More About weight

Synonyms & Antonyms for weight

Synonyms: Noun

avoirdupois , heaviness , heft

Synonyms: Verb

burden , encumber , freight , lade , laden , load , lumber , saddle

Antonyms: Verb

disburden , discharge , disencumber , unburden , unlade , unload Visit the Thesaurus for More

Choose the Right Synonym for weight

Noun

importance , consequence , moment , weight , significance mean a quality or aspect having great worth or significance. importance implies a value judgment of the superior worth or influence of something or someone. a region with no cities of importance consequence generally implies importance because of probable or possible effects. the style you choose is of little consequence moment implies conspicuous or self-evident consequence. a decision of great moment weight implies a judgment of the immediate relative importance of something. the argument carried no weight with the judge significance implies a quality or character that should mark a thing as important but that is not self-evident and may or may not be recognized. the treaty's significance

influence , authority , prestige , weight , credit mean power exerted over the minds or behavior of others. influence may apply to a force exercised and received consciously or unconsciously. used her influence to get the bill passed authority implies the power of winning devotion or allegiance or of compelling acceptance and belief. his opinions lacked authority prestige implies the ascendancy given by conspicuous excellence or reputation for superiority. the prestige of the newspaper weight implies measurable or decisive influence in determining acts or choices. their wishes obviously carried much weight credit suggests influence that arises from the confidence of others. his credit with the press

Examples of weight in a Sentence

Noun Please indicate your height and weight on the form. The boat sank under the weight of the cargo. Those columns have to be strong enough to support the weight of the roof. He stays in good shape by lifting weights . I use pie weights to keep the pie crust from bubbling when I bake it. Verb I weighted the fishing line with a lead sinker. weighted the car with a ton of furniture and then headed off for college See More Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ellis Hunnes stresses that rice can be good for weight loss in conjunction with an overall healthy diet. Perri O. Blumberg, Men's Health , 13 July 2022 Your wife’s weight loss might be the result of a medical issue. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive , 12 July 2022 Your wife’s weight loss might be the result of a medical issue. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press , 12 July 2022 Mystified: Your wife’s weight loss might be the result of a medical issue. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post , 12 July 2022 If your goal is weight loss or stopping smoking, prioritizing cycling may not be most effective. Steve Haase, Forbes , 12 July 2022 At the hospital, Addie was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, which explained the excessive thirst and urination and the weight loss. The Salt Lake Tribune , 12 July 2022 Your wife’s weight loss might be the result of a medical issue. cleveland , 12 July 2022 Kim Kardashian just revealed another reason to avoid dangerous and outdated weight -loss stunts. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour , 9 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Like millions of other people around the world, Carlos Oliveira was no stranger to weight gain and low levels of activity during the pandemic. Jesse Hicks, Men's Health , 18 June 2022 Symptoms range from infertility to weight gain; excessive hair growth to acne, and the condition puts women at a heightened risk for developing depression, anxiety and type 2 diabetes. Anna Haines, Forbes , 15 June 2022 So a logical approach is to heavily weight the input from the folks who are the typical targets of harassment and hate speech. Matt Pearcestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times , 25 Apr. 2022 Many pollsters, however, failed to weight their samples for educational achievement. Los Angeles Times , 24 May 2022 Partially weight the ball, but keep your feet grounded, your core strong, and your glutes engaged. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online , 28 June 2020 The heft adds to the luxury impression although some people could find the size and weight a little on the chunky size. Mark Sparrow, Forbes , 10 Apr. 2022 Rather than weighting all Pell students equally, the formula could weight a student receiving a $6,000 Pell Grant six times higher than a student receiving a $1,000 Pell Grant. Preston Cooper, Forbes , 18 Mar. 2022 Males typically weight around 8 pounds and are 22 inches in length. The Salt Lake Tribune , 15 Feb. 2022 See More

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Phrases Containing weight

atomic weight avoirdupois weight a weight off one's mind / shoulders bend under one's own weight carry more weight carry the weight of the world on one's shoulders carry weight curb weight equivalent weight formula weight gain weight gram - atomic weight gram molecular weight keep (weight) off lend weight / credence / credibility lose (some) weight molecular weight pull one's own weight pull one's weight put / throw one's weight / influence behind short weight take a load / weight off someone's mind throw one's weight about throw one's weight around throw weight troy weight watch one's weight weight - bearing weight lifter weight machine weight man weight of numbers weight room weight training worth one's weight in gold See More atomic weight avoirdupois weight a weight off one's mind / shoulders bend under one's own weight carry more weight carry the weight of the world on one's shoulders carry weight curb weight equivalent weight formula weight gain weight gram - atomic weight gram molecular weight keep (weight) off lend weight / credence / credibility lose (some) weight molecular weight pull one's own weight pull one's weight put / throw one's weight / influence behind short weight take a load / weight off someone's mind throw one's weight about throw one's weight around throw weight troy weight watch one's weight weight - bearing weight lifter weight machine weight man weight of numbers weight room weight training worth one's weight in gold See More

First Known Use of weight

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for weight

Noun

Middle English wight, weght , from Old English wiht ; akin to Old Norse vætt weight, Old English wegan to weigh

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weight

noun \ ˈwāt \

Kids Definition of weight

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the amount that something weighs Her weight is 115 pounds. 2 : the force with which a body is pulled toward the earth 3 : a unit (as a pound) for measuring weight 4 : an object (as a piece of metal) of known weight for balancing a scale in weighing other objects 5 : a heavy object used to hold or press down something 6 : a heavy object lifted during exercise 7 : burden entry 1 sense 2 8 : strong influence The mayor threw his weight behind the proposal.

weight

verb weighted ; weighting

Kids Definition of weight (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to load or make heavy with a weight I weighted the fishing line so it would sink. 2 : to trouble with a burden He was weighted down with worry.

weight

noun \ ˈwāt \

Medical Definition of weight

1 : the amount that a thing weighs 2 : a unit of weight or mass

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