- 1[transitive, intransitive] to lift, pull or throw somebody/something very heavy with one great effort heave something/somebody/yourself + adv./prep. I managed to heave the trunk down the stairs. They heaved the body overboard. He heaved himself out of his armchair. + adv./prep. We all heaved on the rope. Heave away lads!
- 2[intransitive] to rise up and down with strong, regular movements The boat heaved beneath them. heave with something Her shoulders heaved with laughter.
- 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[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. Word Origin Old English hebban, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch heffen and German heben
BrE BrE//hiːv//; NAmE NAmE//hiːv//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they heave
BrE BrE//hiːv//; NAmE NAmE//hiːv//he / she / it heaves
BrE BrE//hiːvz//; NAmE NAmE//hiːvz//past simple heaved
BrE BrE//hiːvd//; NAmE NAmE//hiːvd//past participle heaved
BrE BrE//hiːvd//; NAmE NAmE//hiːvd//-ing form heaving
BrE BrE//ˈhiːvɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈhiːvɪŋ//