heap

noun
\ 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

heap

verb
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

In this corner, a heap of Wonder Bread packages; over there, a thorough collection of laundry detergent bottles. Brian Seibert, New York Times, "At River to River Festival, Dancing Amid the Mundane and Majestic," 17 June 2018 Southwest Airlines came out on top of the heap in a Consumer Reports ranking of domestic airlines. Phil Marty, chicagotribune.com, "Wild, women-only adventure in Canada, airline rankings and more," 27 Mar. 2018 The dress and her light gray jacket were plainly part of a heap of laundry on the floor of the mansion’s master bedroom closet. Pauline Repard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "1 of 3 claims in Zahau wrongful death lawsuit dismissed," 20 Mar. 2018 For 2018, look for the Hurricanes to compete for an ACC crown and take another step toward knocking Clemson off the top of the heap. Paul Myerberg, Detroit Free Press, "Too early college football Top 25: Michigan State 10th, Michigan 16th," 9 Jan. 2018 After a short run alone at the top of the Android heap, Samsung’s Galaxy S10 has some serious competition. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Huawei’s P30 Pro goes toe-to-toe with the Samsung Galaxy S10+ on power, price, and photography," 26 Mar. 2019 The only thing better than stocking up on a heap of beauty products? Stocking up on beauty products that are making a difference. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "ColourPop Collaborated with Make-A-Wish to Create Makeup for Cancer Patients," 5 Oct. 2018 Barron Trump saw a very long necktie on a heap of expired deli meat in a dumpster. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Women Are Never Allowed to Mess Up," 9 June 2017 At the event, Prime Minister Arden offered Meghan heaps of praise. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Recycles a Navy Dress For Her Final Formal Occasion on the Royal Tour," 30 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

On the other, elegantly dressed Americans and Israelis heaped praise on one another, called it a historic occasion, with barely a nod to the madness afoot an hour and a half's drive away. Ben Wedeman, CNN, "The dream of 'peace in our time' in the Middle East died on Monday," 14 May 2018 All three players heaped praise on the Beavers' eighth-year boss, but still turned down his offers. Special To The Oregonian, OregonLive.com, "In NCAA Tournament's 2nd round, Oregon State women face a Tennessee team with 3 players from Oregon," 17 Mar. 2018 The Wolverines started the season with plenty of inexperienced players who had plenty of stuff heaped onto their plates, and the offensive scheme was a mixed bag throughout. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's offense never found an identity; that's a problem," 3 Jan. 2018 But there'll also be healthy, heaping portions of polka music, Polish delicacies, vodka tastings, traditional Polish dance and more. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Things to do in Milwaukee Father's Day weekend, from Polish Fest to the Underwear Bike Ride," 14 June 2018 The contempt progressive elites heap on the lower middle class fuels indignation and resentment. Peter Berkowitz, WSJ, "Conservatism and Populism Go Back Centuries," 6 Nov. 2018 To portion out each cookie, scoop a heaping tablespoon of cookie dough into your hands. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies," 20 June 2018 Deanne initially reacted to her condition by heaping beauty products on her face to hide the patches. Bethany Hines, CNN, "Young woman's skin condition leads to splotchy appearance -- and a modeling contract," 21 Mar. 2018 Prices are a far cry from those $1.99 deals of years past featuring steam tables heaped with fried chicken and macaroni and cheese. Jay Jones, latimes.com, "Las Vegas buffets are legendary — and now, reinvented. Here are four offering fresh takes," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of heap

Noun

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

Verb

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

History and Etymology for heap

Noun

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

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heap

noun

English Language Learners Definition of heap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

heap

verb

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

heap

noun
\ 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.

heap

verb
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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