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Meaning of “heave” in the English Dictionary

"heave" in British English

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heaveverb

uk   us   /hiːv/
  • 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 ​heavybook and heaved it at him. [I] If something heaves, it makes one or more ​largemovements up and down: As the ​windincreased, the ​deck of the ​shipbegan 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.

heavenoun [C]

uk   us   /hiːv/
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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"heave" in American English

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heaveverb

 us   /hiv/
  • heave verb (MOVE)

[I/T] to ​pull, ​push, ​lift, or ​throw something ​heavy: [T always + adv/prep] He ​leaned his ​weight against the ​door and heaved it ​open. [I/T] If something heaves, it moves up and down: [I] After the ​race she was ​covered in ​sweat, her ​chest heaving.
  • heave verb (VOMIT)

[I] infml to ​feel as if you are going to ​vomit, or to ​vomit

heavenoun [C]

 /hiv/
  • heave noun [C] (MOVEMENT)

the ​act of ​pulling, ​pushing, ​lifting, or ​throwing something with a lot of ​effort: With a ​great heave, they ​rolled the ​boulder out of the way.
(Definition of heave from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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