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heave

verb uk   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 great 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.

heave verb (VOMIT)

[I] to feel as if you are going to vomit: The smell of the fish made me/my stomach heave.

heave

noun [C] uk   us   /hiːv/
the act of throwing, pushing, or pulling something with a lot of effort: They gave a great heave and rolled the boulder out of the way.
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