Language: Old English
Origin: wiht


1 noun
Related topics: Other Sports, Measurement
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amount somebody/something weighs

[uncountable and countable] how heavy something is when you measure it:
The average weight of a baby at birth is just over seven pounds.
in weight
fish that are over two kilos in weight
by weight
Fruit and vegetables are sold by weight.

how fat

[uncountable] how heavy and fat someone isCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
put on/gain weight (=get fatter) lose weight (=get thinner) watch your weight (=try not to get fatter, by eating the correct foods) get/keep your weight down also get/keep the weight off (=become thinner or stay thin) weight problem (=a tendency to be too fat) weight gain/loss weight control (=ways of not getting too fat) somebody's ideal weight
You shouldn't worry about your weight.
He's put on weight recently.
She's lost a lot of weight.
He was having to watch his weight carefully.
How have you kept your weight down?
Sara's convinced she has a weight problem.
a sudden large weight gain
overweight, underweight


[uncountable] the fact that something is heavy:
The 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 something
Karen staggered along under the weight of her backpack.

heavy thing

[countable] something that is heavy:
I can't lift heavy weights because of my bad back.


[countable] something that causes you a lot of worry because you have to deal with it
weight of
She felt a great weight of responsibility.
families who are crumbling under the weight of increasing debt
Selling the house is a weight off my mind (=something that no longer causes a lot of worry).


[uncountable] if something has weight, it is important and influences people:
She knew that her opinion carried very little weight.
give/add weight to something
This scandal adds more weight to their arguments.


weight of something

a large amount of something:
The weight of evidence is that unemployment leads to all sorts of health problems.
The weight of public opinion is behind the teachers.
They won the battle by sheer weight of numbers (=very large numbers of people).

for 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 weighs

for sport

[countable]DSO a piece of metal that weighs an exact amount and is lifted by people as a sport:
I've been lifting weights since I was 18.

throw your weight about/around

informal to use your position of authority to tell people what to do in an unpleasant and unreasonable way

throw your weight behind somebody/something

to use all your power and influence to support someone or something:
The US has thrown its weight behind the new leader.

pull your weight

to do your full share of work:
He accused me of not pulling my weight.

take the weight off your feet

informal used to tell someone to sit down:
Come in, take the weight off your feet.

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