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Topic: ILLNESS AND DISABILITY

Language: Old English
Origin: hebban

heave

1 verb
     
heave1
1

pull/lift

[intransitive and transitive] to pull or lift something very heavy with one great effort
heave somebody/something out of/into/onto etc something
Alan heaved his suitcase onto his bed.
Mary heaved herself out of bed.
heave on/at British English
He heaved on the steering wheel and swung the car into a side street.
2

throw

[transitive] to throw something heavy using a lot of effort:
John heaved the metal bar over the fence.
3

heave a sigh

to breathe in and then breathe out noisily and slowly once:
4

move up and down

[intransitive] to move up and down with very strong movements:
Michael's shoulders heaved with silent laughter.
The sea heaved up and down beneath the boat.
5

vomit

[intransitive] informalMI to vomit
6 past tense and past participle hove

heave in sight/into view

literary to appear, especially by getting closer from a distance:
A few moments later a large ship hove into view.

heave to

phrasal verb
TTW if a ship heaves to, it stops moving
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