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noun pile pronunciation in British English /paɪl/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a number of things put on top of each other

    She sorted her clothes into tidy 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 an untidy way

      The rubbish lay in piles on the street.

      pile of:

      The old house had been knocked down, and there was nothing left but piles of stones.

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  2. 2
    [countable] [often plural] informal a large amount of something

    I’d got through piles of work before lunchtime.

    1. a.
      [singular] a large amount of money

      He made a pile from his investments.

  3. 3
    [singular/uncountable] the surface of a carpet or cloth, formed by the ends of fibres that have been cut
  4. 4
    [countable] a large strong post that is driven into the ground to support a building or other structure
  5. 5
    [countable] informal a very large old house or other building
  6. 6


    [plural] informal haemorrhoids


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