Translation of heave in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /hiːv/

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 (move with effort) 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/familiar] he estado cargando ladrillos todo el día 1.2 (throw) [colloquial/familiar] tirar
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    • 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) to heave a sigh suspirar he heaved a sigh of relief suspiró aliviado

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1 (pull) tirar, jalar (Latin America except Southern Cone/América Latina excepto Cono Sur) we heaved and heaved but couldn't lift it hicimos mucha fuerza pero no lo pudimos levantar heave! ¡dale! to heave at sth tirar de algo to heave on a rope/line tirar de una cuerda/un cable
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    • 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) his chest heaved respiraba agitadamente the ship heaved up and down in the swell el barco subía y bajaba con la marejada 2.2
    (heaving present participle/participio presente)
    [chest/bosom] palpitante; [sobs] convulsivo; [tar pit/molten lava] bullente she fought her way through the heaving throng of people se abrió paso a través del hormiguero de gente
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    • 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.
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    • 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/familiar] hacer* arcadas
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    • 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
    (past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado heaved or , hove)
    (come) [Nautical/Náutica] [ship] virar the harbor hove into sight el puerto apareció ante nuestra vista
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    • 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

(past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado hove to verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio)
[Nautical/Náutica] ponerse* al pairo or a la capa

heave up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
[anchor] levar; [books/furniture] levantar con esfuerzo

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.