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

      

    pile

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//paɪl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//paɪl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pile
    BrE BrE//paɪl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//paɪl//
     
    he / she / it piles
    BrE BrE//paɪlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//paɪlz//
     
    past simple piled
    BrE BrE//paɪld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//paɪld//
     
    past participle piled
    BrE BrE//paɪld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//paɪld//
     
    -ing form piling
    BrE BrE//ˈpaɪlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpaɪlɪŋ//
     
     
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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. Word Originverb , late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin pila ‘pillar, pier’.Extra examples She piled food onto our plates. They piled stones on top of the mound. We piled sandbags against the door. We piled the boxes up neatly. a table piled high with magazines She piled the boxes one on top of the other. The bell rang and kids started piling into the classroom. The bus finally arrived and we all piled on.Idioms
    pile on the agony/gloom
     
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    (informal, especially British English) to make an unpleasant situation worse Bosses piled on the agony with threats of more job losses.
    Phrasal Verbspile onpile somethingonpile something on(to) somebodypile up
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pile