1) N-VAR: oft amount in N, with poss, N of amount The weight of a person or thing is how heavy they are, measured in units such as kilograms, pounds, or tons.

What is your height and weight?...

This reduced the weight of the load...

Turkeys can reach enormous weights of up to 50 pounds.

PHRASE: V inflects If someone loses weight, they become lighter. If they gain weight or put on weight, they become heavier.

I'm lucky really as I never put on weight...

He lost two stone in weight during his time there.

2) N-UNCOUNT: with poss A person's or thing's weight is the fact that they are very heavy.

His weight was harming his health...

Despite the vehicle's size and weight it is not difficult to drive.

3) N-SING: poss/the N If you move your weight, you change position so that most of the pressure of your body is on a particular part of your body.

He shifted his weight from one foot to the other...

He kept the weight from his left leg.

4) N-COUNT: usu pl Weights are objects which weigh a known amount and which people lift as a form of exercise.

I was in the gym lifting weights.

5) N-COUNT Weights are metal objects which weigh a known amount and which are used on a set of scales to weigh other things.
6) N-COUNT You can refer to a heavy object as a weight, especially when you have to lift it.

Straining to lift heavy weights can lead to a rise in blood pressure.

7) VERB If you weight something, you make it heavier by adding something to it, for example in order to stop it from moving easily.

[V n] It can be sewn into curtain hems to weight the curtain and so allow it to hang better.

8) VERB If you weight things, you give them different values according to how important or significant they are.

[V n] ...a computer program which weights the different transitions according to their likelihood...

[V-ed] This takes account of the number of countries in which a company wins approval for a new drug, weighted by the size of each country's market.

9) N-VAR If something is given a particular weight, it is given a particular value according to how important or significant it is.

The scientists involved put different weight on the conclusions of different models...

We had this understanding that courses were roughly the same weight.

10) N-UNCOUNT: the N of n If you talk about the weight of something, you mean that it is large in amount or has great power, which means that it is difficult to oppose or fight against.

The weight of expectation was getting to them...

Companies found themselves collapsing under the weight of debts.

11) N-UNCOUNT If someone or something gives weight to what a person says, thinks, or does, they emphasize its significance.

The fact that he is gone has given more weight to fears that he may try to launch a civil war...

Do you think, perhaps, that what happened today might lend weight to that criticism?

12) N-UNCOUNT If you give something or someone weight, you consider them to be very important or influential in a particular situation.

Consumers generally place more weight on negative information than on the positive when deciding what to buy.

...the overwhelming weight Freud assigned parents in our development.

13) N-SING If you feel a weight on you, you have a problem or a responsibility that is difficult for you to manage and that you are very worried about.

The relief was indescribable. It was freedom after years of slavery. A great weight lifted from me.

14) See also , dead weight
15) PHRASE: V inflects If a person or their opinion carries weight, they are respected and are able to influence people.

That argument no longer carries as much weight...

Senator Kerry carries considerable weight in Washington.

16) PHRASE: v-link PHR (emphasis) If you say that someone or something is worth their weight in gold, you are emphasizing that they are so useful, helpful, or valuable that you feel you could not manage without them.

Any successful manager is worth his weight in gold.

17) PHRASE: V inflects If you pull your weight, you work as hard as everyone else who is involved in the same task or activity.

He accused the team of not pulling their weight.

18) PHRASE: V inflects (disapproval) If someone throws their weight around or throws their weight about, they act aggressively and use their authority over other people more than they need to.
19) PHRASE: V inflects If you throw your weight behind a person, plan, or campaign, you use all your influence and do everything you can to support them. [WRITTEN]

The administration is throwing its full weight behind the UN plan.

20) a weight off your mindsee mind
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