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verb pile pronunciation in British English /paɪl/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepiling
past tensepiled
past participlepiled
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    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.
      if a womans 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 park, piling against the railings.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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