Wait or Weight?

What Is the Difference between "Wait" and "Weight"?

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"Wait" and "weight" are easy to confuse because they sound identical (i.e., they are perfect homonyms). However, their meanings are very different.
  • "A wait" is a delay before an event. For example:
    • We had a long wait before the train arrived. correct tick
  • "To wait" means to endure a delay. For example:
    • Wait for the green man before you cross. correct tick
  • "A weight" is a heavy object for holding things down. For example:
    • It is getting windy. Pass me a weight for the tent. correct tick
  • "Weight" means heaviness. For example:
    • What is the weight of that pie? correct tick
  • "To weight" means to anchor something down with a heavy object. For example:
    • Weight the tent down before it gets too windy. correct tick
    • (Often, "to weight" appears as the phrasal verb "to weight down.")
wait or weight?

More about "Wait" and "Weight"

"Wait" and "weight" are homophone homonyms because they sound the same. They are not homograph homophones because they have different spellings. "Wait" and "weight" are both common words, and your readers will expect you to use the right one.


"Wait" can be used as both a noun and a verb.

As a verb, "wait" means to stay where one is or to delay an action until a particular time. When used as a noun, it refers to a period of delay or postponement.

Example sentences with "wait":
  • Wait for me! correct tick
  • (Here, "wait" is a verb.)
  • Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them. correct tick
  • (Here, "wait" is a verb.)
  • We have had a long wait for democracy. correct tick
  • (Here, "wait" is a noun.)


The noun "weight" refers to something's relative mass or the quantity of matter contained by it (i.e., its heaviness). The verb "to weight" is quite rare. It means to hold something down by placing something heavy on top of it.

Example sentences with "weight":
  • I'm gaining weight the right way: I'm drinking beer. correct tick
  • (Here, "weight" is a noun.)
  • Why are empirical questions about how the mind works so weighted down with political, moral, and emotional baggage? correct tick
  • (Here, "weight" is a verb.)
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This page was written by Craig Shrives.

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