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noun pile pronunciation in American English /paɪl/
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pluralpiles
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  1. 1
    [countable] a number of things put on top of each other
    She sorted her clothes into neat piles.
    pile of: a pile of books and papers
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    1. a.
      a lot of things that have been put or have fallen together in a messy way
      The garbage lay in piles on the street.
      pile of: The old house had been demolished, and there was nothing left but a pile of bricks.
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  2. 2
    [countable] [often plural] informal a large amount of something
    I have to do piles of work before lunchtime.
    1. a.
      [singular] a large amount of money
      He made a pile from his investments.
  3. 5

    piles

    [plural] old-fashioned hemorrhoids

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