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Weigh, 1) to ascertain the weight of, to examine by the balance; “to w. the flesh,” Merch. IV, 1, 255. “will take me without --ing,” H4B I, 2, 189. “they w. not every stamp,” Cymb. V, 4, 24. Metaphorically: “more nor less to others paying than by self-offences --ing,” Meas. III, 2, 280 (by examining his own offences; judging of others by himself). “he would have --ed thy brother by himself,” V, 111. “w. thy value with an even hand,” Merch. II, 7, 25. “those that w. their pains in sense,” All's I, 1, 240. Ado V, 1, 211. R2 III, 4, 84. H4B IV, 1, 67. H5 II, 4, 137. Troil. II, 2, 26. IV, 5, 81. Tit. I, 55. Caes. I, 2, 146. Hml. I, 2, 13. Lr. I, 1, 6. Oth. III, 3, 119. Cymb. I, 4, 15. Per. V, 1, 89. That by which a thing is counterbalanced, preceded by against or with: “in that scales let there be --ed your lady's love against some other maid,” Rom. I, 2, 101. “w. our sorrow with our comfort,” Tp. II, 1, 8. “we cannot w. our brother with ourself,” Meas. II, 2, 126. “w. oath with oath, and you will nothing w.” Mids. III, 2, 131. “I w. my friend's affection with mine own,” Tim. I, 2, 222. “w. but the crime with this,” III, 5, 58.
Hence == to consider: “to w. how once I suffered in your crime,” Sonn. 120, 8. “the fair soul herself --ed between loathness and obedience, at which end o'the beam should bow,” Tp. II, 1, 130 (in the dependant clause she omitted; or should for she would). “if that the injuries be justly --ed,” Tw. V, 375. “not --ing well the end,” Wint. I, 2, 258. “you w. this well,” H4B V, 2, 102. R3 III, 1, 46. H8 II, 4, 197. Caes. II, 1, 108. Mcb. I, 3, 154. Hml. I, 3, 17. Hml. I, 3, 17 IV, 3, 6. IV, 7, 150. Ant. II, 6, 32. cf. Unweighed, Unweighing. With a double accus., == to estimate, to esteem: “her worth that he does w. too light,” All's III, 4, 32. “in cases of defence 'tis best to w. the enemy more mighty than he seems,” H5 II, 4, 43.
And == to make account of, to care for: “eternal love in love's fresh case --s not the dust and injury of age,” Sonn. 108, 10. “you w. me not? O that's you care not for me,” LLL V, 2, 27. “for life I prize it as I w. grief,” Wint. III, 2, 44. “I w. it lightly, were it heavier,” R3 III, 1, 121. “my person, which I w. not,” H8 V, 1, 125.
2) to have weight; in a proper and a figurative sense (== to be worth): “you w. equally,” Meas. IV, 2, 31. “your vows to her and me . . . will even w.” Mids. III, 2, 133. “let every word w. heavy of her worth,” All's III, 4, 31. “well --ing sums of gold,” IV, 3, 203. “while they w. so even,” John II, 332. “her dowry shall w. equal with a queen,” John II, 332 “each --s nor less nor more,” Troil. IV, 1, 65. “I love them as they w.” Cor. II, 2, 78. “how heavy --s my lord,” Ant. IV, 15, 32. With an accus. of the effect: “we shall w. thee to the beam,” All's II, 3, 162. “whose white --s down the airy scale of praise,” Compl. 226. “he --s King Richard down,” R2 III, 4, 89. thou (sleep) “no more wilt w. my eyelids down,” H4B III, 1, 7 (close them by thy heaviness). R3 V, 3, 153. Tim. V, 1, 154. “my friends that must w. out my afflictions, they that my trust must grow to, live not here,” H8 III, 1, 88 (== outweigh; i. e. make amends for).
With against or with, == to have the same weight as, to counterbalance: “know our own estate, how able such a work to undergo, to w. against his opposite,” H4B I, 3, 55. “in every thing the purpose must w. with the folly,” H4B II, 2, 196 (as the purpose is, such the folly must be; i. e. a foolish purpose requires as foolish a behaviour). “what you bestow, in him I'll counterpoise, and make him w. with her,” Tim. I, 1, 146.
Transitively, == to be equivalent to in weight: “how much your chain --s,” Err. IV, 1, 28. I know them, yea, “and what they w.” Ado V, 1, 93. “I w. not you,” LLL V, 2, 26 (am not so heavy as you). “what four throned ones could have --ed such a compounded one?” H8 I, 1, 11. “the heads of all thy brother cardinals . . . --ed not a hair of his,” III, 2, 259. “all these are portable, with other graces --ed,” Mcb. IV, 3, 90 (counterbalanced by graces; with == by).
3) to be heavy, to press hard: “her heart --s sadly,” All's III, 5, 70. “that perilous stuff which --s upon the heart,” Mcb. V, 3, 45. cf. H4B III, 1, 7.
4) to raise, to lift (an anchor): “from whence at first she --ed her anchorage,” Tit. I, 73.
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