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 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.
noun [U]  us   /ˈweɪt·lə·snəs/
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"weight" in British English

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uk   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 ​objectsB2 [C] any ​object that is ​heavy: Try not to ​liftheavy weights. I ​lift weights ​twice a ​week at the ​gym.

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  • weight noun (INFLUENCE)

C2 [U] respect, ​influence, ​trust, or ​importance: Her ​experience does give her ​opinionsquite a ​bit of weight. After he was ​voted out of ​office, few ​people attached much weight to what he said. Radical ​views don't carry much weight any more.

weightverb [T]

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

"weight" in Business English

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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…
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