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present tense
I/you/we/theypile up
he/she/itpiles up
present participlepiling up
past tensepiled up
past participlepiled up

Related dictionary definitions

  1. 1
    [transitive] same as pile2 (sense 1)

    Newspapers and magazines were piled up on the floor.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] if something piles up, or if someone piles it up, the amount of it increases a lot

    All the time the bills were piling up.

    These policies could be piling up financial trouble for future governments.

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