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weigh

English

Etymology

Old English wegan, from Germanic. Cognate with Scots wey, Dutch wegen, German wiegen.

Pronunciation

Rhymes: -eɪ

Homophones

Verb

Infinitive
to weigh

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to weigh (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To determine the weight of an object.
  2. (transitive) Often with "out", to measure a certain amount of something by its weight, e.g. for sale.
    He weighed out two kilos of oranges for a client.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To determine the intrinsic value or merit of an object, to evaluate.
    You have been weighed in the balance and found wanting.
  4. (transitive) To consider a subject.
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 251b-c.
      For anyone can weigh in with the quick objection that it is impossible for what is many to be one
  5. (intransitive) To have a certain weight.
    I weigh ten and a half stone.
  6. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To raise an anchor free of the seabed.

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