weigh down

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weigh 1

v. weighed, weigh·ing, weighs
a. To determine the weight of, as with a scale: weighed the tomatoes before buying them.
b. To measure or apportion (a certain quantity) by weight. Often used with out: weighed out a pound of cheese.
a. To balance in the mind in order to make a choice; ponder or evaluate: weighed the alternatives and decided to stay.
b. To choose carefully or deliberately: weigh one's words.
3. Nautical To raise (anchor).
1. To be of a specific weight: The dog weighs nearly 50 pounds.
2. To have consequence or importance: The decision weighed heavily against us.
a. To cause to bend heavily by added weight. Used with on or upon: a coating of ice that weighed on the slender branches.
b. To be burdensome or oppressive. Used with on or upon: These concerns have been weighing on us for weeks.
4. Nautical To raise anchor.
Phrasal Verbs:
weigh down
1. To cause to bend down with added weight: vines that were weighed down with grapes.
2. To give great worry or difficulty to; burden: The responsibilities of the new job weighed him down.
weigh in
1. Sports To be weighed at a weigh-in.
2. To have one's baggage weighed, as at an airport.
3. To be of a specified weight: The new book weighs in at 7 pounds.
4. Slang To join in a discussion; utter a remark: She weighed in with some pertinent facts.

[Middle English weien, from Old English wegan; see wegh- in Indo-European roots.]

weigh′a·ble adj.
weigh′er n.

weigh 2

n. Nautical
Way. Used in the phrase under weigh.

[Variant (influenced by weigh, as in weigh anchor) of way.]
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weigh down

(adverb) to press (a person) down by or as if by weight: his troubles weighed him down.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.weigh down - be oppressive or disheartening to
sadden - make unhappy; "The news of her death saddened me"
lighten, lighten up, buoy up - make more cheerful; "the conversation lightened me up a bit"
2.weigh down - exert a force with a heavy weightweigh down - exert a force with a heavy weight; "The snow bore down on the roof"
press - exert pressure or force to or upon; "He pressed down on the boards"; "press your thumb on this spot"
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1. To be of significance or importance:
phrasal verb
weigh down
To make sad or gloomy:
phrasal verb
weigh on or upon
To come to mind continually:
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w>weigh down

vt sep
(= bear down with weight)niederbeugen; the heavy snow weighed the branches downdie schwere Schneelast drückte or bog die Zweige nieder; a branch weighed down with fruitein Ast, der sich unter der Last des Obstes biegt; she was weighed down with packagessie war mit Paketen überladen; she was weighed down with a heavy suitcaseder schwere Koffer zog sie fast zu Boden
(fig)niederdrücken; to be weighed down with or by worryvon Sorgen niedergedrückt werden, mit Sorgen beladen sein
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Therefore, any one wishing to maintain among men the name of liberal is obliged to avoid no attribute of magnificence; so that a prince thus inclined will consume in such acts all his property, and will be compelled in the end, if he wish to maintain the name of liberal, to unduly weigh down his people, and tax them, and do everything he can to get money.
I am poor and lowly and all unworthy of you; but if great love may weigh down such defects, then mine may do it.
- shake from your wing Each hindering thing : The dew of the night - It would weigh down your flight ; And true love caresses - O !
Taken altogether, it was a dreadfully long name to weigh down a poor innocent child, and one of the hardest lessons I ever learned was to remember my own name.
JG Summit's removal from the FTSE indices and the persistent weakness in the US markets likewise continued to weigh down the market, Papa Securities said.