\ ˈhēp How to pronounce heap (audio) \

Definition of heap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a collection of things thrown one on another : pile
2 : a great number or large quantity : lot


heaped; heaping; heaps

Definition of heap (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to throw or lay in a heap : pile or collect in great quantity his sole object was to heap up riches
b : to form or round into a heap heaped the dirt into a mound
c : to form a heap on : load heavily heap the plates with food
2 : to accord or bestow lavishly or in large quantities heaped honors upon them

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Examples of heap in a Sentence

Noun He dumped the grass clippings into the compost heap. a heap of old newspapers She left her dirty clothes in a heap on the floor. He's in a heap of trouble! I can't believe he's still driving that old heap. Verb the critics heaped scorn on the wannabe blockbuster and its implausible plot heaped the stones in a corner of the yard
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At Poke House & Tea Bar, there are rows and rows of seafood and chopped veggies ready to be piled on a heap of sushi rice in infinite combinations. Nicole Hvidsten, Star Tribune, 16 July 2021 But the Never Trumpers found a new figurehead this week, new energy to once again trying to salvage their party from the ash heap of Trumpism. Molly Jong-fast, Vogue, 13 May 2021 Across the street, which had been cleared for traffic Tuesday, three walls and the roof of a small bistro sat collapsed in a heap. Arkansas Online, 2 Sep. 2021 Half a world away, another $2.2 trillion American infrastructure project—the Afghan government—collapsed in a heap as the Taliban overran the country in the midst of the U.S. military’s withdrawal. Greg Greene, The New Republic, 26 Aug. 2021 Her rain gutters still aren’t installed, sitting in a heap in the driveway. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 July 2021 Sprawled on the floor in a heap of newsprint, cutting and pasting found poetry collages. Washington Post, 4 June 2021 Swatches of crimson and beige cloth affixed to twine mimic laundry hung out to dry; a tiny heap of metal filings and a few stones make a neat bird’s nest. The New Yorker, 18 Aug. 2021 Shortly after the auction, the Washington Post reported that the Rosebud sled had passed through multiple hands prior to the sale, having nearly met its demise in a trash heap outside the movie studio's prop vault. CNN, 16 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb During a Friday news conference ahead of the NYCFC match, FC Cincinnati head coach Jaap Stam didn't want to heap pressure on himself and his team by agreeing the moment was favorable to host New York. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 17 Sep. 2021 Observers heap praise on Castillo, as well, noting that her vision takes on more polish with maturity. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 8 Sep. 2021 Amid the finger-pointing and blame-dodging for the shocking final week of the war, the initial temptation has been to heap fault on allies left behind. Anna Mulrine Grobe, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Aug. 2021 Part of that is how Krikorian operates, his instinct always to shy away from the praise his players heap on him for establishing the program’s culture since taking over in 2009. Ava Wallace, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Aug. 2021 The decision, fuelled by an ongoing struggle with anxiety, was met with encouragement from many, but others didn't hesitate to heap insults on the tennis star for the attempt to protect her peace. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 20 July 2021 But some experts are unconvinced districts are tailoring their plans to heap intensive support on students who have been the most disengaged over the course of the pandemic. Editors, USA TODAY, 7 June 2021 The tide of negative news on its carbon footprint and hostility from the Chinese government appear to be overwhelming any praise the Tesla chief can heap on the leading cryptocurrency. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 21 June 2021 But some experts are unconvinced districts are tailoring their plans to heap intensive supports on students who have been the most disengaged over the course of the pandemic. Erin Richards, USA TODAY, 26 May 2021

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First Known Use of heap


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for heap


Middle English heep, from Old English hēap; akin to Old High German houf heap

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“Heap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heap. Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of heap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a large, disordered pile of things
: a great number or large amount of something
: an old car that is in poor condition



English Language Learners Definition of heap (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put (something) in a large pile
: to put a pile or heap on or in (something)
: to give (something, such as praise, blame, etc.) in large amounts


\ ˈhēp How to pronounce heap (audio) \

Kids Definition of heap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a large messy pile His dirty clothes were in a heap.
2 : a large number or amount We had heaps of fun.


heaped; heaping

Kids Definition of heap (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make into a pile : throw or lay in a heap
2 : to provide in large amounts Praise was heaped on the cook.
3 : to fill to capacity He heaped a plate with food.

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