Nearby words

  1. heating pad,
  2. heatproof,
  3. heatstroke,
  4. heatwave,
  5. heaume,
  6. heave down,
  7. heave into sight,
  8. heave to,
  9. heave-ho,
  10. heave-ho, give the


Origin of heave

before 900; Middle English heven, variant (with -v- from simple past tense and past participle) of hebben, Old English hebban; cognate with German heben, Old Norse hefja, Gothic hafjan; akin to Latin capere to take

1. elevate. See raise. 2. hurl, pitch, fling, cast, sling. 11. surge, billow.

Related formsheav·er, nounheave·less, adjectiveun·heaved, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for heave


/ (hiːv) /

verb heaves, heaving or heaved or mainly nautical hove


Derived Formsheaver, noun

Word Origin for heave

Old English hebban; related to Old Norse hefja, Old Saxon hebbian, Old High German heffen to raise, Latin capere to take, Sanskrit kapatī two hands full

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