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"heavy" in British English

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heavyadjective

uk   us   /ˈhev.i/
  • heavy adjective (WEIGHING A LOT)

A2 weighing a lot, and ​needingeffort to ​move or ​lift: heavy ​equipment heavy ​work/​lifting How heavy is that ​box? (= How much does it ​weigh?)

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  • heavy adjective (TO A GREAT DEGREE)

B1 (​especially of something ​unpleasant) of very or ​especiallygreatforce, ​amount, or ​degree: a heavy ​blow to the ​head heavy ​fighting heavy ​traffic heavy ​rain/​snow a heavy ​smoker/​drinker a heavy ​sleeperheavy seas sea that is ​rough with ​largewaves

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  • heavy adjective (SOLID)

thick, ​strong, ​solid, or ​strongly made: a heavy ​wintercoat a heavy ​meal (= a ​largeamount of ​solidfood) a ​big man with heavy ​features Heavy ​soil is ​thick and ​difficult to ​dig or ​walk through. thick, solid-looking, and not ​delicate: The ​sundisappeared behind heavy ​clouds.
  • heavy adjective (UNPLEASANT)

old-fashioned slang used to ​describe something such as a ​situation that is ​dangerous or ​unpleasant: Then the ​policearrived and things got really heavy.

heavynoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈhev.i/ slang
(Definition of heavy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"heavy" in American English

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heavyadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /ˈhev·i/
weighing a lot: The piano’s much too heavy for one ​person to ​lift. Bob’s much heavier than the last ​time I ​saw him.
thick, ​strong, ​solid, or ​looking that way: heavy ​clouds heavy ​cream It’s too ​hot today for a heavy ​meal (= a ​large, ​cookedmeal that is hard to ​digest).
of ​greatamount, or ​degree, or ​force: heavy ​snow/​rain/​fog heavy ​traffic a heavy ​workload a heavy ​sleeper heavy ​fighting
(Definition of heavy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"heavy" in Business English

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heavyadjective

uk   us   /ˈhevi/
larger in ​number or ​amount than usual: heavy taxes/fines/subsidies Those ​found to be ​violating the ​law could face heavy ​fines. Salaries and ​bonuses of ​directors have been ​cut by a third after heavy criticism of 'fat-cat' ​payments. There are worries that the ​dollar will come under heavy ​pressure later in the ​year. a heavy ​burden/​debt/​loss heavy ​demand/​selling/​investment
involving a lot of ​work and ​effort: a heavy ​workload/​schedule
heavy on sth having a lot of something: Some faculty ​members have criticized the ​board as too heavy on ​businesspeople and too ​light on ​educationalexperience.
pay a heavy price (for sth) to be in a very difficult ​situation because of a mistake or ​bad decision that has been made: If we ​reject the ​deal, we will ​pay a heavy ​price in ​terms of ​trade, ​jobs, and ​investment.
(Definition of heavy from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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