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heaveverb

us   /hiv/
  • heave verb (MOVE)

[I/T] to pull, push, lift, or throw something heavy: [T always + adv/prep] He leaned his weight against the door and heaved it open.
[I/T] If something heaves, it moves up and down: [I] After the race she was covered in sweat, her chest heaving.
  • heave verb (VOMIT)

[I] infml to feel as if you are going to vomit, or to vomit

heavenoun [C]

/hiv/
  • heave noun [C] (MOVEMENT)

the act of pulling, pushing, lifting, or throwing something with a lot of effort: With a great heave, they rolled the boulder out of the way.
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"heave" in British English

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heaveverb

uk   /hiːv/ 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 heavy 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.

heavenoun [C]

uk   /hiːv/ us   /hiːv/
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