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verb pile pronunciation in American 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 next to the tents.
    The books were still there, neatly piled in the room.
    piled (high) with something: a table piled high with food
    1. a.
      to put a large amount of something somewhere
      Pile the 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 yard, piling against the fence.


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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