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[wey] /weɪ/
verb (used with object)
to determine or ascertain the force that gravitation exerts upon (a person or thing) by use of a balance, scale, or other mechanical device:
to weigh oneself; to weigh potatoes; to weigh gases.
to hold up or balance, as in the hand, in order to estimate the weight.
to measure, separate, or apportion (a certain quantity of something) according to weight (usually followed by out):
to weigh out five pounds of sugar.
to make heavy; increase the weight or bulk of; weight:
We weighed the drapes to make them hang properly.
to evaluate in the mind; consider carefully in order to reach an opinion, decision, or choice:
to weigh the facts; to weigh a proposal.
Archaic. to raise, lift, or hoist (something).
Obsolete. to think important; esteem.
verb (used without object)
to have weight or a specified amount of weight:
to weigh less; to weigh a ton.
to have importance, moment, or consequence:
Your recommendation weighs heavily in his favor.
to bear down as a weight or burden (usually followed by on or upon):
Responsibility weighed upon her.
to consider carefully or judicially:
to weigh well before deciding.
(of a ship) to raise the anchor and get under way:
The ship weighed early and escaped in the fog.
Verb phrases
weigh down,
  1. to cause to become bowed under a weight:
    snow and ice weighing down the trees.
  2. to lower the spirits of; burden; depress:
    This predicament weighs me down.
weigh in,
  1. (of a boxer or wrestler) to be weighed by a medical examiner on the day of a bout.
  2. to be of the weight determined by such a weighing:
    He weighed in at 170 pounds.
  3. (of a jockey) to be weighed with the saddle and weights after a race.
  4. Informal. to offer an opinion, advice, support, etc., especially in a forceful or authoritative way:
    The chairman weighed in with an idea for the fundraiser.
weigh out, Horse Racing.
  1. to be weighed with the saddle and weights before a race.
  2. to be of the weight determined by such a weighing.
weigh anchor, Nautical. to heave up a ship's anchor in preparation for getting under way.
weigh one's words. word (def 29).
Origin of weigh1
before 900; Middle English weghen, Old English wegan to carry, weigh; cognate with Dutch wegen, German wägen, Old Norse vega; akin to Latin vehere
Related forms
weighable, adjective
weigher, noun
unweighable, adjective
unweighing, adjective
well-weighed, adjective
Can be confused
way, weigh, weight.
5. ponder, contemplate. See study1 . Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for well-weighed
Historical Examples
  • We shall gather up their well-weighed words, and present them, not as fancy sketches, but as facts.

    The Physical Life of Woman: Dr. George H Napheys
  • Surely this was not she who ordered and managed her house, who sent wise letters to her, with earnest, well-weighed words!

  • State your position in cool, well-weighed words, and carry conviction with them by your manner.

    Dollars and Sense Col. Wm. C. Hunter
  • For the rest I recommend the reader to two recent writers for well-weighed judgment on this point.

  • It is from well-weighed preference that I select your sister as the partner of my fortunes.

  • The preacher will find it full of materials for sermons, fresh and vigorous, and yet calm and well-weighed.

  • Freedom is of the utmost direct importance to formation of character, provided it issues in well-weighed and successful action.

    Outlines of Educational Doctrine John Frederick Herbart
  • It is infinitely easier and gayer work than a well-weighed and serious criticism, and will always be more popular.

  • King was behind them, and every well-weighed word went up the staircase like an arrow.

    Stalky & Co. Rudyard Kipling
  • well-weighed testimony and well-authenticated facts; with a responsible name, the Committee earnestly desire and call for.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4 American Anti-Slavery Society
British Dictionary definitions for well-weighed


(transitive) to measure the weight of
(intransitive) to have weight or be heavy: she weighs more than her sister
(transitive) often foll by out. to apportion according to weight
(transitive) to consider carefully: to weigh the facts of a case
(intransitive) to be influential: his words weighed little with the jury
(intransitive) often foll by on. to be oppressive or burdensome (to)
(obsolete) to regard or esteem
weigh anchor, to raise a vessel's anchor or (of a vessel) to have its anchor raised preparatory to departure
Derived Forms
weighable, adjective
weigher, noun
Word Origin
Old English wegan; related to Old Frisian wega, Old Norse vega, Gothic gawigan, German wiegen


under weigh, a variant spelling of under way
Word Origin
C18: variation due to the influence of phrases such as to weigh anchor
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Word Origin and History for well-weighed



Old English wegan "find the weight of, have weight, lift, carry," from Proto-Germanic *weganan (cf. Old Saxon wegan, Old Frisian wega, Dutch wegen "to weigh," Old Norse vega, Old High German wegan "to move, carry, weigh," German wiegen "to weigh"), from PIE *wegh- "to move" (cf. Sanskrit vahati "carries, conveys," vahitram "vessel, ship;" Avestan vazaiti "he leads, draws;" Greek okhos "carriage;" Latin vehere "to carry, convey;" Old Church Slavonic vesti "to carry, convey;" Lithuanian vezu "to carry, convey;" Old Irish fecht "campaign, journey").

The original sense was of motion, which led to that of lifting, then to that of "measure the weight of." The older sense of "lift, carry" survives in the nautical phrase weigh anchor. Figurative sense of "to consider, ponder" (in reference to words, etc.) is recorded from mid-14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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