weightweight1 /weɪt/ ●●●S1W2 noun1amount somebody/something weighs [countable, uncountable]HEAVY how heavy something is when you measure itThe average weight of a baby at birth is just over seven pounds.in weightfish that are over two kilos in weightby weightFruit and vegetables are sold by weight.2how fat [uncountable]FAT how heavy and fat someone isYou shouldn’t worry about your weight. →overweight, underweight3heaviness [uncountable]HEAVY the fact that something is heavyThe 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 somethingKaren staggered along under the weight of her backpack.4heavy thing [countable]HEAVY something that is heavyI can’t lift heavy weights because of my bad back.5worry [singular]RESPONSIBLE something that causes you a lot of worry because you have to deal with itweight ofShe felt a great weight of responsibility.families who are crumbling under the weight of increasing debtSelling the house is a weight off my mind (=something that no longer causes a lot of worry).6importance [uncountable]IMPORTANT if something has weight, it is important and influences peopleShe knew that her opinion carried very little weight.give/add weight to somethingThis scandal adds more weight to their arguments.7 →weight of something8for measuring quantities [countable]TM a piece of metal that weighs an exact amount and is balanced against something else to measure how much the other thing weighs9for sport [countable]DSO a piece of metal that weighs an exact amount and is lifted by people as a sportI’ve been lifting weights since I was 18. →weightlifting10 →throw your weight about/around11 →throw your weight behind somebody/something12 →pull your weight13 →take the weight off your feet →deadweightCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: how heavy and fat someone isverbsput on weight (also gain weight formal)He had put on weight since she last saw him.lose/shed weightShe lost a lot of weight when she was ill.watch your weight (=try not to get fatter, by eating the correct foods)He has to watch his weight because he has a heart condition.get/keep your weight down (=become thinner or stay thin)How can I keep my weight down?get/keep the weight off (=become or stay thinner)I changed my eating habits so I’d keep the weight off.weight + NOUNa weight problem (=a tendency to be too fat)I’ve always had a weight problem.weight gainThe medication can cause rapid weight gain.weight lossAfter the first month, weight loss slows down.adjectivessomebody’s ideal weight (=what someone should weigh, according to their height and body type)She weighs about 10lbs more than her ideal weight.somebody’s target weight (=the weight someone is trying to be)I’ve reached my target weight.excess weight (=the pounds that make you heavier than you should be)You’ll feel better if you lose the excess weight.COMMON ERRORS ► Don’t say ‘lose your weight’. Say lose weight. Do not use ‘weight’ as a verb, for example by saying ‘I weight 55 kilos’. Say I weigh 55 kilos.
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weight• For women, there was little relationship between weight and early death at all.• Prematurebabies have a low birthweight.• Twins and triplets are expected to have lower birth weights than singleinfants.• Whippedbutter and flavoured butters are more expensive than butter weight for weight.• Vehicles over a certainweight are not allowed to use the bridge.• It's true, people who stop smoking do tend to gainweight.• My job requires lifting heavy weights such as TVs and refrigerators.• She's always worried about her weight.• Victory was easy for a man of his weight and strength.• He stands with his weight on the right foot, his face lightly turned in that direction.• Top quality hamsrange in weight from eight to eighteen pounds.• The averagespermwhale is 72 feet long and about 90 tons in weight.• I've been trying to lose weight for over a year now.• metricweight• My height is six feet, and my weight is 173 pounds.• It goes without saying that Quinn lost a good deal of weight during this period.• I think he looks better now that he's put on some weight.• Several branches had been torn from the trees by the weight of the snow.• It was no less than he deserved for carrying the weight of his team on his shoulders all game long.• If you can guess the weight of the cake, you win a prize.• The cost of postagedepends on the weight of the package• As a result of the government's programme, the weight of the public enterprisesector was significantly curtailed.• Jim was staggering along under the weight of a hugebox of encyclopaedias.• The weight of evidence against her led to her conviction.• The weight of the water makes the tubsink slightly.• Sudden or unexplainedweightloss may be an early indication of health problems.under the weight of something• Its sistermission in Tumacacori was built of adobe and has crumbledunder the weight of the years.• There it stood, with its lifelessleatherseathanging down under the weight of absolutely nothing.• He felt as if he weren't so much walking now as stumblingforwardunder the weight of that thought.• Except maybe me under the weight of my blunders.• Pad and pencil were more than Glover could take after a long night under the weight of his thought.• Cameron's brainreeled slightly under the weight of all these alternatives.• Almost at once she was back again staggering under the weight of an enormous round chocolate cake on a chinaplatter.• He stumbled under the weight of the branch and slithered into a hollow, ankle-deep in mud.weight of• Since he was 18, he's had the full weight of raising his younger brothers.• The cable is strong enough to hold the weight of an elephant.give/add weight to something• You can change the center of gravity by adding weight to one part of the object.• Does the tone and content of sourceCadd weight to Snowden's argument? 11.• Perhaps the enormous anti-Gorbachev demonstrations in Moscow do add weight to that particular reaction.• Oppositionleaders said the killing added weight to their demands for a change in government.• Three strengths of the study add weight to its conclusions.• The device of a court of five judges was adopted to add weight to the reconsideration of the earlier cases.• The function of the doublebassoon is to add weight to the bass.• The role of premises is to throw light on a subject; the role of evidences is to give weight to it.lifting weights• At Old Dominion, it was three hours a day five days a week, and lifting weights and conditioning.• There are other ways of building strength besides lifting weights.• My buddies knew that I was lifting weights with Mr Barraza.• If you see that a member has poorposture when lifting weights, correct it.weightweight2 verb [transitive]1HEAVY (also weight down) to fix a heavy object to something in order to keep it in placeweight something (down) with somethingThe fishing nets are weighted down with lead.2to change something slightly so that you give more importance to particular ideas or peopleweight something in favour of somebody/somethinga temptation to weight the report in favour of the option you want→ See Verb table
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weight• Telmex, the top weightedstock, gained a further 65 centavos at 24.55 pesos.• Basically, by weighting the left rail the board turns to the right and viceversa.• fishing lines weighted with leadweight something (down) with something• But I've always known I could never be a professionaljockey because I couldn't make the weight.• Johnignored the heat building up under his hands and pressed down with all his weight.• Several studies have shown that the physicalstresses of repeatedly gaining and losing weight are linked withearl, deaths.• For example, to make water, burn one weight of hydrogen with eight of oxygen.• To make carbondioxide, burn three weights of carbon with eight of oxygen.• The annular tank providing the weight was filled withgranite chippings, to make a total of 20 tons.• To ensure the liner does not slip, weight it down withstones.• To make methane, burn one weight of hydrogen with three of carbon.From Longman Business Dictionaryweightweight1 /weɪt/ noun [countable, uncountable]how heavy something is, measured using a particular systemThe weight of the new noise reduction kits may limit the aircraft’s capacity by up to 10%. →gross weight →net weightweightweight2 verb [transitive]STATISTICS to allow for the differences between sets of figures that are being compared by increasing or lowering the value of some of them, and so creating a balance between themThe mid-cap index is weighted according to the market values of the stocks.The results of the survey were weighted by age to make sure the poll accurately reflects voters nationwide.→ See Verb table