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American English: /hiv/
British English: /hiːv/

Translation of heave in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (move with effort) See examples: he heaved himself off the floor
    se levantó del suelo haciendo un gran esfuerzo
    we heaved the box onto the shelf
    con esfuerzo logramos subir la caja al estante
    I've been heaving bricks all day [colloquial]
    he estado cargando ladrillos todo el día
    1.2 (throw) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • Every day in every way there's enough to make one throw the newspaper across the room, heave a brick at the television set.
    • So he heaved a brick though the glass and grabbed it.
    • If you want to reach the disaffected youths who take to the streets to heave bricks at the police, you need to have a dialogue.
  • 2 (utter) See examples: to heave a sigh he heaved a sigh of relief
    suspiró aliviado

intransitive verb

  • 1 (pull) we heaved and heaved but couldn't lift it
    hicimos mucha fuerza pero no lo pudimos levantar
    to heave at something
    tirar de algo
    to heave on a rope/line
    tirar de una cuerda/un cable
    Example sentences
    • I heaved myself up and hauled my bag back onto my shoulders.
    • By the time I heaved myself into action, lifting Harry carefully and putting him down on my nicely warmed chair the fireworks had finished and the night was quiet once more.
    • Bastian heaved himself to a sitting position with much effort.
  • 2 2.1 (rise and fall) See examples: his chest heaved
    respiraba agitadamente
    the ship heaved up and down in the swell
    el barco subía y bajaba con la marejada
    also: heaving present participle
    (tar pit/molten lava)
    she fought her way through the heaving throng of people
    se abrió paso a través del hormiguero de gente
    Example sentences
    • John knelt and checked for a pulse, he heaved a sigh of relief when he found one, Jim wouldn't die just yet.
    • The second man heaved a sigh that was mocking in its false regret.
    • Breathing hard, Jacob simply stared for a few more seconds before I heaved a harsh sigh and tugged off my headphones.
    Example sentences
    • Her head bowed low, hair falling over her face, and her shoulders heaved.
    • Perhaps because of this, I felt acutely conscious of the way my shoulders were heaving, a rapid and seemingly exaggerated flapping motion.
    • He has his face in his hands, his shoulders heaving.
  • 3 (retch) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • He spent the next few minutes bent in half, but even after his stomach was completely empty he continued to retch and heave but bring nothing up.
    • My stomach heaved and I ran to the toilet, retching and crying.
    • Her stomach clenched suddenly, heaving, and she had her answer.
  • 4
    also: past tense & past participle heaved or hove
    (come) (Nautical)
    the harbor hove into sight
    el puerto apareció ante nuestra vista
    Example sentences
    • He hired hundreds of labourers to heave a large boat, a passenger ferry, over a mountain in the Andes.
    • Finally I jump ashore and heave my boat out and carry it over the levee.
    • Where there was no obvious launch point George - adrenaline-charged - would heave the boat over walls or railings and clamber in.


Phrasal verbs

heave to

also: past tense & past participle hove to verb + adverb
ponerse al pairo or a la capa

heave up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
levantar con esfuerzo

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