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Meaning of “heel” in the English Dictionary

"heel" in British English

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heelnoun [C]

uk   /hiːl/  us   /hiːl/
  • heel noun [C] (BODY PART)

B2 the ​rounded back ​part of the ​foot
See also
the ​part of a ​sock or ​shoe that ​covers the heel of the ​foot
B1 the ​raisedpart at the back of a ​shoe, under ​your heel

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heelverb [T]

uk   /hiːl/  us   /hiːl/
to ​repair the heel of a ​shoe
specialized sports In rugby, to heel the ​ball is to ​kick it ​backwards with the heel.

heelexclamation

uk   /hiːl/  us   /hiːl/
said to a ​dog to ​order it to come and ​standclose to you or to ​walkclose to ​yourside as you ​walk
(Definition of heel from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"heel" in American English

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heelnoun [C]

 us   /hil/
  • heel noun [C] (BODY PART)

the ​rounded back ​part of the ​foot: I’ve got a ​splinter in my heel.
The heel of ​yourhand is the ​raised, inside ​partclose to the ​wrist.
  • heel noun [C] (FOOT COVERING)

the ​part of a ​sock or ​shoe that ​covers the ​rounded back ​part of the ​foot, or the ​part of the ​bottom of a ​shoe that ​lifts the back of the ​foothigher than the ​front
  • heel noun [C] (PERSON)

infml a ​person who ​treats other ​peoplebadly and ​unfairly: I ​felt like a ​real heel when I ​saw how ​upset she was.

heelverb [I]

 us   /hil/
  • heel verb [I] (ORDER DOG)

If you say "Heel!" to a ​dog, you are ​ordering it to ​walkclose to you.
(Definition of heel from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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