Meaning of “heave” in the English Dictionary

"heave" in British English

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uk /hiːv/ 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 heavy 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.

heavenoun [ C ]

uk /hiːv/ us /hiːv/

(Definition of “heave” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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

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)