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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.
      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.

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