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

     

    heave

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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. 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. Word Origin Old English hebban, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch heffen and German heben ‘lift up’.Extra examples He heaved the bag up into the truck. I gripped his arm and heaved him to his feet. I tried to heave myself up onto my knees. Sam heaved at the garage door. We managed to heave his great bulk onto the bed.Idioms (formal) (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. See related entries: Travelling by boat or ship Phrasal Verbsheave to
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