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verb heave pronunciation in American English /hiv/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleheaving
past tenseheaved
past participleheaved
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to push, pull, or lift a heavy object using a lot of effort

    He put his shoulder against the stone and heaved.

    Lydia heaved herself to the other side of the bed.

    heave at:

    She heaved at the garage door, which flew up.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to move up and down with large regular movements
  3. 3



    heave up

    [intransitive] informal to vomit

    When I saw the disgusting mess they’d left behind, I almost heaved.

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