weight Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “weight” - English Dictionary

"weight" in American English

See all translations

weightnoun

 us   /weɪt/
  • weight noun (MEASURE OF HOW HEAVY)

[C/U] a ​quality of an ​object that is a ​measure of the ​force by which the ​earthattracts it, or an ​objectconsidered as having this ​quality: [U] The ​maximum weight the ​bridge can ​support is 15 ​tons. [U] You’ve ​lost some weight since the last ​time I ​saw you. [U] I don’t ​want to put on weight (= ​becomeheavier). [C] When ​lifting a ​heavy weight, ​keepyour back ​straight and ​bendyourknees.
[C/U] A weight is also a ​piece of ​metal whose ​force toward ​earth has been ​measured, and by which you can ​measure other ​objects: [C] a one-pound weight
[C/U] A weight is also ​sportsequipment, esp. a ​piece of ​metalattached to each end of a ​bar or to a ​specialmachine that you move or ​lift to ​strengthenyourmuscles: [C] He ​lifts weights.
  • weight noun (INFLUENCE)

[U] influence: Her word ​carried weight with her ​neighbors.
weightlessness
noun [U]  us   /ˈweɪt·lə·snəs/
(Definition of weight from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"weight" in British English

See all translations

weightnoun

uk   /weɪt/  us   /weɪt/
  • weight noun (HEAVINESS)

B1 [C or U] the ​amount that something or someone ​weighs: What weight can this ​lorrysafelycarry? There was a ​slightdecrease in his weight after a ​week of ​dieting.
[C] a ​piece of ​metal of ​knownheaviness that can be used to ​measure the ​heaviness of other ​objects
B2 [C] any ​object that is ​heavy: Try not to ​liftheavy weights. I ​lift weights ​twice a ​week at the ​gym.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

weightverb [T]

uk   /weɪt/  us   /weɪt/
(Definition of weight from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"weight" in Business English

See all translations

weightnoun

uk   us   /weɪt/
[C or U] how ​heavy something or someone is: The Directive ​mandates that 85% of the weight of the ​vehicle must be ​reused or ​recycled.by weight Metal ​products for children should not consist of more than 0.06% ​lead, by weight.increase/decrease in weight Cars have ​increased in weight and ​fueleconomy has suffered accordingly.
[C] any ​object that is ​heavy: The ​warehousework involves the ​lifting of ​heavy weights.
[U] the ​quality of being ​heavy: Most ​fabrics need ​interfacing to ​support the weight of ​buttons.
[C or U] MEASURES a ​unit or ​system of ​units used for ​expressing how much an ​objectweighs: Imperial weights and ​measures were ​introduced in the 13th century.
respect, ​influence, ​trust, or ​importance: The Association's ​reports carry weight because it ​stands for ​independence and ​integrity. The guidelines give greater weight toeconomicpotential. Few ​people attached much weight to the ​findings of the ​enquiry.
throw/put your weight behind sth
to use all your ​influence to ​support something: The ​buildingfirm threw its weight behind criticism of the government's new ​planningrestrictions.
under the weight of sth
suffering problems or difficulties caused by something: The American ​economy is ​slowing down under the weight of ​higherinterestrates.

weightverb [T, usually passive]

uk   us   /weɪt/
to give greater or lesser ​values to things to show how important they are compared to each other: be weighted according to sth Each country's ​growthrate is weighted according to its ​share of ​worldGDP.be weighted by sth Most ​indexes are weighted by ​marketvalue. The ​results have been weighted to take ​account of ​householdsize.
to ​organize something in a way that is likely to ​produce an ​advantage or disadvantage: be weighted against sb/sth In the ​marketplace, ​costs are weighted against ​smallerinvestors.be weighted in favour of/towards sb/sth The ​labourmarket is ​heavily weighted toward ​skilled jobseekers.
(Definition of weight from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “weight”
in Arabic وَزْن…
in Korean 무게…
in Portuguese peso…
in Catalan pes…
in Japanese 重さ, 体重, 重み…
in Chinese (Simplified) 重量, 重量,分量, 体重…
in Turkish ağırlık, yük, ağır şey…
in Russian вес, тяжесть…
in Chinese (Traditional) 重量, 重量,分量, 體重…
in Italian peso…
in Polish waga, ciężar…
What is the pronunciation of weight?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
by ,
April 27, 2016
by Liz Walter If you are a learner of English and you are confused about the words there, their and they’re, let me reassure you: many, many people with English as their first language share your problem! You only have to take a look at the ‘comments’ sections on the website of, for example, a popular

Read More 

Word of the Day

cracker

a thin, flat, hard biscuit, especially one eaten with cheese

Word of the Day

bio-banding noun
bio-banding noun
April 25, 2016
in sport, grouping children according to their physical maturity rather than their age ‘When we’re grouping children for sports, we do it by age groups, but the problem is that, within those age groups, we get huge variations in biological age,’ said Dr Sean Cumming, senior lecturer at the University of Bath’s department for

Read More