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Definition of pile verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pile
    he / she / it piles
    past simple piled
    -ing form piling
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  1. 1[transitive] to put things one on top of another; to form a pile pile something She piled the boxes one on top of the other. The clothes were piled high on the chair. pile something up Snow was piled up against the door.
  2. 2[transitive] to put something on/into something; to load something with something pile A with B The sofa was piled high with cushions. He piled his plate with as much food as he could. pile B on(to) A He piled as much food as he could onto his plate. pile B in(to) A She piled everything into her suitcase. see also stockpile
  3. 3[intransitive] + adv./prep. (informal) (of a number of people) to go somewhere quickly without order or control The coach finally arrived and we all piled on. Children were piling out of the school bus.
  4. Phrasal Verbspile onpile somethingonpile something on(to) somebodypile up
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