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adjective heavy pronunciation in American English /ˈhevi/
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  1. 1
    a heavy object weighs a lot
    She was struggling with a heavy suitcase.
    Careful, that box is pretty heavy.
    You should soon be able to train with the heavier weights.
    a big heavy door
    too heavy: He was a big man, too heavy for the nurses to lift.
    1. a.
      heavy clothes, shoes, or materials are thick and strong
      a heavy black overcoat
      heavy silk curtains
    2. b.
      used when talking about how much someone or something weighs
      The box was heavier than I’d expected.
      how heavy?: How heavy is the box?
  2. 2
    used for saying that there is a lot of something
    Traffic is particularly heavy on the interstate tonight.
    He had a very heavy workload.
    The school places a heavy emphasis on children’s musical development.
    heavy rain/snow: Weather conditions were appalling, with heavy rain and strong winds.
    heavy reliance on: Her book shows a heavy reliance on the work of Dr. Winston.
    1. a.
      used for saying that something involves a lot of people, things, or money
      heavy casualties: The conflict caused heavy casualties on both sides.
      heavy losses: The company’s heavy losses will lead to many redundancies.
    2. b.
      informal using or containing a lot of something
      heavy on: The main course was very heavy on the garlic.
    3. c.
      mainly literary containing a lot of something
      heavy with: Her voice was heavy with sarcasm.
      The air was heavy with all the scents of summer.
      The trees were heavy with blossoms.
  3. 3
    involving a lot of physical effort
    They did most of the heavy work in the cool of the morning.
    The steering on this car is much heavier than on the other one.
  4. 6
    used about things that look ugly because they are big
    heavy features (=large mouth, eyes, and nose): He was a tall dark man, with heavy features.
  5. 7
    using a lot of bombs, guns, or other weapons
    Industrial areas came under heavy bombardment.
    reports of heavy air strikes on the capital
    heavy fighting: Heavy fighting erupted yesterday.
    1. a.
      a heavy blow is done with a lot of physical force
      He received a heavy blow to the head.
    2. b.
      involving a strong force, especially in a downward direction
      heavy footsteps/tread: She could hear Bill’s heavy footsteps upstairs.
      heavy fall: Her father’s had a heavy fall.
      heavy sigh: His mother gave a heavy sigh of disapproval.
  6. 9
    very severe
    She’s paid a heavy price for her stupidity.
    heavy cold: He’s got a heavy cold and is feeling terrible.
    heavy load/burden/responsibility etc.: Her sadness was a heavy burden for him to bear.
  7. 10
    informal serious and difficult
    I found his new book a bit heavy.
    Her speech was heavy stuff, with references to philosophy and psychology.
    1. a.
      a heavy situation or relationship is serious and often not enjoyable
      She felt their relationship was getting too heavy.
      We don’t want any heavy stuff (=anything serious or complicated).
    2. b.
      informal serious and threatening
      Things were getting a little heavy, so I quickly left.
  8. 11
    a heavy noise is deep and low
    There was a heavy thud as his body hit the floor.
  9. 14
    mainly literary a heavy ocean is rough with big waves
    The ship went down in heavy sailing conditions off the coast of Norway.
  10. 17
    mainly literary if your heart is heavy, you feel sad
    He went away with a heavy heart.

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 heavy pronunciation in American English /ˈhevinəs/ noun [uncountable]


a meal served in the evening which consists of foods traditionally eaten at breakfast

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