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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 soft surface of short threads 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 extra potatoes.
Phrasal verbs
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"pile" in British English

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pilenoun

uk   /paɪl/ us   /paɪl/
  • pile noun (AMOUNT)

B1 [C] objects positioned one on top of another: a pile of books a pile of dirty clothes
B1 [C] a mass of something that has been placed somewhere: a large pile of sand
a 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 (BUILDING)

[C] mainly humorous a large building: They've got a great big Victorian pile somewhere out in the country.
  • pile noun (MEDICAL)

piles [plural] informal
→  haemorrhoids

pileverb

uk   /paɪl/ us   /paɪl/
(Definition of pile from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pile" in Business English

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pilenoun [C]

uk   /paɪl/ us  
a large amount of something: a pile of cash/money consumers with piles of credit card debt 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   /paɪl/ us  
pile it high, sell it cheap
COMMERCE said when a store sells large amounts of a product at cheap prices, without spending effort or money on displays, advertising, etc.: The discount grocer 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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