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pile

noun  /pɑɪl/ us  

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 soft surface of short threads on a carpet (= material for covering a floor) or on some types of cloth: carpets with a deep pile

pile

verb  /pɑɪl/ us  

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 extra potatoes.
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Translations of “pile”
in Korean 더미…
in Arabic كَوْمة…
in French pile, paquet…
in Turkish yığın, küme…
in Italian catasta, pila…
in Chinese (Traditional) 數量, 疊, 垛…
in Russian куча, груда, стопка…
in Polish stos…
in Spanish montón, pila…
in Portuguese monte, pilha…
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…
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