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.

Primary Meanings of heave

1.
vn
lift or elevate
an upward movement (especially a rhythmical rising and falling)
2.
vn
throw with great effort
throwing something heavy (with great effort)
3.
vn
make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; strain to vomit
an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting
4.
v
breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted
Full Definitions of heave
1

v lift or elevate

Synonyms:
heave up, heft, heft up
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

v move or cause to move in a specified way, direction, or position

“The vessel hove into sight”
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v rise and move, as in waves or billows

Synonyms:
billow, surge
Type of:
blow up, inflate
fill with gas or air

v bend out of shape, as under pressure or from heat

Synonyms:
buckle, warp
Types:
lift
rise upward, as from pressure or moisture
Type of:
change surface
undergo or cause to undergo a change in the surface

n an upward movement (especially a rhythmical rising and falling)

Synonyms:
heaving
Type of:
ascension, ascent, rise, rising
a movement upward

n the act of lifting something with great effort

Synonyms:
heaving
Type of:
ascending, ascension, ascent, rise
the act of changing location in an upward direction

n the act of raising something

Synonyms:
lift, raise
Type of:
actuation, propulsion
the act of propelling

n (geology) a horizontal dislocation

Type of:
motion, movement
a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
2

v throw with great effort

Type of:
throw
propel through the air

n throwing something heavy (with great effort)

“he gave it a mighty heave
Synonyms:
heaving
Type of:
throw
the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist)
3

v make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; strain to vomit

Synonyms:
gag, retch

n an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting

“a bad case of the heaves
Synonyms:
retch
Type of:
spasm
(pathology) sudden constriction of a hollow organ (as a blood vessel)
4

v breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted

Synonyms:
gasp, pant, puff
Type of:
blow
exhale hard

v utter a sound, as with obvious effort

“She heaved a deep sigh when she saw the list of things to do”
Type of:
emit, let loose, let out, utter
express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)

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