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Definition of heave to phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

heave to

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
 
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Phrasal Verbs
(specialist) if a ship or its crew (= the people sailing it) heave to, the ship stops moving Hove is usually used for the past tense and past participle in this phrasal verb.
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