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Meaning of “pile” in the English Dictionary

"pile" in British English

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pilenoun

uk   us   /paɪl/
  • pile noun (AMOUNT)

B1 [C] objectspositioned one on ​top of another: a pile ofbooks a pile ofdirtyclothesB1 [C] a ​mass of something that has been ​placedsomewhere: a ​large pile ofsanda pile of sth/piles of sth informal a lot of something: I've got piles/a pile of things to do today.

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  • pile noun (SURFACE)

[S] the ​softsurface made by the ​ends of many ​shortthreads on a ​carpet or on ​cloth such as velvet: a ​luxurious deep-pile ​carpet
  • pile noun (BUILDING)

[C] mainly humorous a ​largebuilding: They've got a ​greatbigVictorian pile ​somewhere out in the ​country.
  • pile noun (MEDICAL)

piles [plural] informal →  haemorrhoids

pileverb

uk   us   /paɪl/
  • pile verb (OBJECTS)

[I or T, + adv/prep] (also pile up) to ​arrangeobjects into a pile: We piled plenty of ​logs up next to the ​fire. Please pile ​yourhomeworkbooksneatly on the ​table as you ​leave. Her ​plate was piled (high) withsalad. Snow had piled up against the ​walls.

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

"pile" in American English

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pilenoun

 us   /pɑɪl/
  • pile noun (THINGS)

[C] a ​number of things ​lying on ​top of each other: a pile of ​newspapers After ​dinner there is always a pile of ​dishes to be ​washed. [C] infml A pile or piles can also be a lot of something: I’ve got piles of ​homework.
  • pile noun (SURFACE)

[U] the ​softsurface of ​shortthreads on a ​carpet (= ​material for ​covering a ​floor) or on some ​types of ​cloth: carpets with a ​deep pile

pileverb

 us   /pɑɪl/
  • pile verb (MOVE)

[I always + adv/prep] (of a ​group of ​people) to move together, esp. in a way that is not ​organized: About ten ​kids piled into the ​room, all ​talking at ​once. Someone ​yelled "Fire!" and we all piled out into the ​street.
  • pile verb (THINGS)

[always + adv/prep] to put (things) near or on ​top of each other, or to ​collect in this way: [I] Magazines just pile up on my ​desk at ​work. [M] I ​asked her to pile on ​extrapotatoes.
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(Definition of pile from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"pile" in Business English

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pilenoun [C]

uk   us   /paɪl/
a large ​amount of something: a pile of ​cash/​money consumers with piles of ​creditcarddebt I have piles of ​paperwork to ​finish.
at the bottom/top of the pile at the ​bottom or ​top of a ​group of ​competing things: Despite a ​shaky first ​quarter, the athletic shoe ​producer has once again ​emerged at the ​top of the pile.

pileverb

uk   us   /paɪl/
pile it high, sell it cheap COMMERCE said when a ​storesells large ​amounts of a ​product at ​cheapprices, without ​spendingeffort or ​money on ​displays, ​advertising, etc.: The ​discountgrocer is once again ​thriving at the pile-it-high, sell-it-cheap end of the ​market.
(Definition of pile from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “pile”
in Korean 더미…
in Arabic كَوْمة…
in Malaysian timbunan, bertimbun-timbun…
in French pile, paquet…
in Russian куча, груда, стопка…
in Chinese (Traditional) 數量, 疊, 垛…
in Italian catasta, pila…
in Turkish yığın, küme…
in Polish stos…
in Spanish montón, pila…
in Vietnamese đống: chồng, số lượng lớn…
in Portuguese monte, pilha…
in Thai กอง, จำนวนมาก…
in German der Haufen…
in Catalan munt, pila…
in Japanese うず高く積み上げられたもの…
in Chinese (Simplified) 数量, 摞, 垛…
in Indonesian tumpukan, setumpuk…
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