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Definition of heave verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they heave
    he / she / it heaves
    past simple heaved
    -ing form heaving
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to lift, pull, or throw someone or something very heavy with one great effort heave something/somebody/yourself + adv./prep. I managed to heave the suitcase into the trunk of the car. They heaved the body overboard. He heaved himself out of his armchair. + adv./prep. We all heaved on the rope. Heave away lads!
  2. 2[intransitive] to rise up and down with strong, regular movements The boat heaved beneath them. heave with something Her shoulders heaved with suppressed laughter.
  3. 3[transitive] heave a sigh, etc. to make a sound slowly and often with effort We all heaved a sigh of relief. She heaved a long sigh.
  4. 4[intransitive] to experience the tight feeling in your stomach that you get before you vomit The thought of it makes me heave. His stomach heaved.
  5. Idioms
    heave into sight/view (formal)
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    (especially of ships) to appear, especially when moving gradually closer from a long way off A ship hove into sight. Like a galleon in full sail, Cara hove into view. Hove is usually used for the past tense and past participle in this idiom.
    Phrasal Verbsheave to
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