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verb [transitive] pierce pronunciation in British English /pɪə(r)s/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theypierce
he/she/itpierces
present participlepiercing
past tensepierced
past participlepierced
  1. 1
    if a sharp object pierces something, it makes a hole in it

    The knife entered his chest and pierced his heart.

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    1. a.
      to make a hole in something by pushing a sharp object into it

      Pierce the potatoes several times and place in a hot oven.

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    2. b.
      if you have a part of your body pierced, you have a small hole made in it so that you can wear jewellery in it

      I had my ears pierced years ago.

      a pierced nose

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    3. c.
      formal if a surface is pierced by holes, there are holes in it

      Passageways were pierced through the walls of houses.

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  2. 2
    mainly literary if sound or light pierces something, it suddenly sounds very loudly or shines very brightly

    A wolf's howl pierced the silence of the dark night.

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    1. a.
      if a feeling pierces you, it affects you very strongly

      Her words pierced Sophie's heart.

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