1 /weIt/ noun
1 WHAT SB/STH WEIGHS (C, U) how heavy something is when measured by a particular system: The average weight of a baby at birth is just over seven pounds.
2 HOW FAT (U) how heavy and especially how fat someone is: A lot of teenage girls are obsessed about their weight. | put on weight (=get fatter) | lose weight (=get thinner) | watch your weight (=be careful about what you eat so that you do not get fat) | have a weight problem (=be too fat)
—see also: overweight, underweight
3 HEAVINESS (U) the fact of being heavy: The weight of her boots made it hard for Sue to run. | under the weight of (=supporting something heavy): Karen staggered along under the weight of her backpack.
4 HEAVY THING (C) something that is heavy: Omar can't lift heavy weights because of his bad back.
5 FOR MEASURING QUANTITIES (C) a piece of metal weighing a particular amount that is balanced against something else to measure what it weighs
6 FOR EXERCISE (C) a piece of metal that weighs a certain amount and is lifted by people who want bigger muscles or who are competing in lifting competitions
—see also: weightlifting
7 SYSTEM (C, U) a system of standard measures of weight: metric weight | weights and measures
8 RESPONSIBILITY/WORRY (C) something that causes you a lot of worry
(+ on): Since Jane's been sick, I've had to carry the full weight of running the school.
9 a weight off your mind something that solves a problem and makes you feel happier: Selling the house was a great weight off my mind.
10 IMPORTANCE (U) the influence or importance that something has when you are forming a judgment or opinions: The weight of evidence against her led to her conviction. | carry weight (=have influence): Una's opinion doesn't carry much weight around here. | add weight to: His declining health added weight to the argument that the king should abdicate. | attach weight to (=think that something is important)
11 throw your weight about/around informal to use your position of authority to tell people what to do in an unpleasant and unreasonable way
12 throw your weight behind to use all your power and influence to support someone: The US has thrown its weight behind the new leader.
13 pull your weight to do your full share of work: Some people in the office hadn't been pulling their weight.
14 take the weight off your feet spoken used to tell someone to sit down: Come in, take the weight off your feet.
15 weight of numbers the combined strength, influence etc of a large group: They are likely to win this battle through sheer weight of numbers.
16 summer-weight/winter-weight a piece of clothing that is summer-weight or winter-weight, is made of material that is suitable for summer or winter
17 SCIENCE (C, U) technical the amount of force with which an object is pulled down by gravity (1)
—see also: dead weight dead 1 (29) 2 verb (T) to add something heavy to something or put a weight on it, especially in order to keep it in place: fishing nets weighted with lead

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.


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