heave

When you heave something, you haul or lift a heavy object. You might not realize how fat your cat has become until you have to heave him out of the way to make room for yourself on the sofa.

You heave a heavy object when you lift it, like when you heave piles of wet snow out of your driveway with a shovel, and you can heave yourself out of bed in the morning, if it takes a huge effort to get yourself into a vertical position. You can even heave a heavy sigh, which simply means you sigh loudly. To vomit is also sometimes described as heaving, describing the unpleasant effort of your stomach muscles.

Definitions of heave
  1. verb
    lift or elevate
    synonyms: heave up, heft, heft up
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    types:
    upheave
    lift forcefully from beneath
    weigh anchor, weigh the anchor
    heave up an anchor in preparation for sailing
    type of:
    lift
    take hold of something and move it to a different location
  2. verb
    move or cause to move in a specified way, direction, or position
    “The vessel hove into sight”
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    type of:
    move
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  3. verb
    rise and move, as in waves or billows
    synonyms: billow, surge
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    blow up, inflate
    fill with gas or air
  4. verb
    bend out of shape, as under pressure or from heat
    synonyms: buckle, warp
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    lift
    rise upward, as from pressure or moisture
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    change surface
    undergo or cause to undergo a change in the surface
  5. noun
    an upward movement (especially a rhythmical rising and falling)
    synonyms: heaving
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    ascension, ascent, rise, rising
    a movement upward
  6. noun
    the act of lifting something with great effort
    synonyms: heaving
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    ascending, ascension, ascent, rise
    the act of changing location in an upward direction
  7. noun
    the act of raising something
    synonyms: lift, raise
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    type of:
    actuation, propulsion
    the act of propelling
  8. noun
    (geology) a horizontal dislocation
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    motion, movement
    a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
  9. verb
    throw with great effort
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    type of:
    throw
    propel through the air
  10. noun
    throwing something heavy (with great effort)
    “he gave it a mighty heave
    synonyms: heaving
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    type of:
    throw
    the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist)
  11. verb
    make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; strain to vomit
    synonyms: gag, retch
  12. noun
    an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting
    “a bad case of the heaves
    synonyms: retch
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    spasm
    (pathology) sudden constriction of a hollow organ (as a blood vessel)
  13. verb
    breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted
    synonyms: gasp, pant, puff
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    type of:
    blow
    exhale hard
  14. verb
    utter a sound, as with obvious effort
    “She heaved a deep sigh when she saw the list of things to do”
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    type of:
    emit, let loose, let out, utter
    express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
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