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weigh out

1. To measure the weight of something. I always weight out the meat I buy when I go home to make sure the butcher hasn't conned me.
2. To distribute or apportion something according to its weight. A noun or pronoun can be used between "weigh" and "out." There are scales provided so you can weight out how much produce you need. We only have one sack of rice to last us the rest of the week, so we'll have to weight everyone's rations out.
3. To evaluate or consider the merits or value of something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "weigh" and "out." We'll have to weigh these factors out when we decide the best course of action. The council has invited members of the public to the discussion so they could weigh out people's concerns.
See also: out, weigh

weigh something out

to weigh something as it is distributed. The merchant weighed the cuts of meat out for each of the waiting women. They weighed out the grain care-fully.
See also: out, weigh

weigh out

v.
1. To measure or apportion some specific quantity by or as if by weight: The clerk weighed out a pound of cheese.
2. To weigh or otherwise evaluate something: We weighed out the hamburger and found we needed another pound. I wasn't sure that they gave us the correct amount, so I weighed it out.
3. To determine the relative value of some set of things: The council listened to our requests and carefully weighed them out.
See also: out, weigh