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verb     pile pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepiling
past tensepiled
past participlepiled
  1. 1



    pile up

    [transitive] to put a large number of things on top of each other

    A group of boys were piling branches next to the tents.

    The books were still there, neatly piled in the room.

    piled (high) with something:

    a table piled high with food

    1. a.
      to put a large amount of something somewhere

      Pile the cheese onto the potatoes.

    2. b.
      if a woman’s hair is piled up, it is fastened to the top of her head rather than hanging down

      Her dark hair was piled high on the crown of her head.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] if things pile somewhere, they gather there in a group

    Leaves blew across the yard, piling against the fence.

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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