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Definition: To weigh down
, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Weighed
; p. pr. & vb. n.
.] [OE. weien, weyen, weghen, AS. wegan to bear,
move; akin to D. wegen to weigh, G. w["a]gen, wiegen, to
weigh, bewegen to move, OHG. wegan, Icel. vega to move,
carry, lift, weigh, Sw. v["a]ga to weigh, Dan. veie, Goth.
gawigan to shake, L. vehere to carry, Skr. vah. ????. See
, and cf. Wey
1. To bear up; to raise; to lift into the air; to swing up;
as, to weigh anchor. “Weigh the vessel up.”
2. To examine by the balance; to ascertain the weight of,
that is, the force with which a thing tends to the center
of the earth; to determine the heaviness, or quantity of
matter of; as, to weigh sugar; to weigh gold.
Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found
wanting. --Dan. v. 27.
3. To be equivalent to in weight; to counterbalance; to have
the heaviness of. “A body weighing divers ounces.”
4. To pay, allot, take, or give by weight.
They weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.
5. To examine or test as if by the balance; to ponder in the
mind; to consider or examine for the purpose of forming an
opinion or coming to a conclusion; to estimate
deliberately and maturely; to balance.
A young man not weighed in state affairs. --Bacon.
Had no better weighed
The strength he was to cope with, or his own.
Regard not who it is which speaketh, but weigh only
what is spoken. --Hooker.
In nice balance, truth with gold she weighs. --Pope.
Without sufficiently weighing his expressions. --Sir
6. To consider as worthy of notice; to regard. [Obs. or
Archaic] “I weigh not you.”
All that she so dear did weigh. --Spenser.
To weigh down
(a) To overbalance.
(b) To oppress with weight; to overburden; to depress.
“To weigh thy spirits down.”
, v. i.
1. To have weight; to be heavy. “They only weigh the
2. To be considered as important; to have weight in the
Your vows to her and me . . . will even weigh.
This objection ought to weigh with those whose
reading is designed for much talk and little
3. To bear heavily; to press hard.
Cleanse the stuffed bosom of that perilous stuff
Which weighs upon the heart. --Shak.
4. To judge; to estimate. [R.]
Could not weigh of worthiness aright. --Spenser.
To weigh down
, to sink by its own weight.