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heave

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of heave

  1. 1 to lift with effort <I heaved my duffel bag into the bus's overhead compartment> Synonyms boost, heft, hoist, jack (up), upheave Related Words elevate, hike, pick up, raise, rear, up, uplift, upraise, uprear Near Antonyms depress, drop, lower; sink, submerge, submerse

  2. 2 to discharge the contents of the stomach through the mouth <heaved as soon as he stepped off the roller coaster> Synonyms barf, gag, vomit, hurl, puke, retch, spew, spit up, throw up, upchuckRelated Words disgorge, regurgitate; eject, expel; nauseate

  3. 3 to move from a lower to a higher place or position <heaved the bucket from the bottom of the well> Synonyms boost, crane, elevate, raise, heft, heighten, hike, hoist, jack (up), lift, perk (up), pick up, take up, up, uphold, uplift, upraiseRelated Words ascend, mount, rise; rear, upendNear Antonyms descend, dip, fall, pitch, plunge, slip; bear, depress, press, push; sink, submergeAntonyms drop, lower

  4. 4 to send through the air especially with a quick forward motion of the arm <heaved the brick over the fence> Synonyms cast, catapult, chuck, dash, fire, fling, throw, hurl, hurtle, launch, lob, loft, peg, pelt, pitch, sling, tossRelated Words bowl, dart, flip, gun, hook, pass, roll, shoot; buck, eject, impel, precipitate, project, propel, rifle, thrust

  5. 5 to breathe hard, quickly, or with difficulty <by the time he reached the top step of the tower, he was heaving> Synonyms blow, gasp, hyperventilate, pant, puff, wheezeRelated Words choke, gag, gulp, huff; asphyxiate, smother, stifle, strangle; snore, snuffle; exhale, expire




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