Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “heave”

See all translations

heave

verb uk   /hiːv/ us  

heave verb (MOVE)

[I or T, usually + adv/prep] to move something heavy using a lot of effort: He heaved the bag onto his shoulder He cleared a space, heaving boxes out of the way. [T usually + adv/prep] informal to throw something forcefully, especially something large and heavy: She picked up a great book and heaved it at him. [I] If something heaves, it makes one or more large movements up and down: As the wind increased, the deck of the ship began to heave beneath his feet.

heave verb (VOMIT)

[I] to feel as if you are going to vomit: The smell of the fish made me/my stomach heave.

heave

noun [C] uk   /hiːv/ us  
the act of throwing, pushing, or pulling something with a lot of effort: They gave a great heave and rolled the boulder out of the way.
(Definition of heave from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of heave?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “heave” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

exercise

physical activity that you do to make your body strong and healthy

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

bio-inspiration noun

April 13, 2015
the adoption of patterns and structures found in nature for the purposes of engineering, manufacturing, science, etc. The MIT researchers actually aren’t the only robotics team to turn to cheetahs for bio-inspiration.

Read More