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verb pile pronunciation in British English /paɪl/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theypile
he/she/itpiles
present participlepiling
past tensepiled
past participlepiled
  1. 1

    pile

    or

    pile up

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

    A group of boys were piling branches in a heap for their bonfire.

    The paving stones were still there, neatly piled against the hedge.

    piled (high) with something:

    supermarket trolleys piled high with shopping

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

      Pile the cottage cheese onto the potatoes.

      a huge plate piled high with spaghetti

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

    Leaves blew across the park, piling against the railings.

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