\ 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 After an inspiring yet unsustainable start, the Cavaliers have collapsed quickly, morphing into the league’s worst team -- a non-competitive trash heap that can’t even hang with the rebuilding Oklahoma City Thunder. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers’ recent collapse doesn’t mean rebuild is failing: Chris Fedor," 23 Feb. 2021 The recycling business in America is in a heap of trouble. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Recycling in America Is a Mess. A New Bill Could Clean It Up.," 27 Jan. 2021 So the statue is melted down for its metal, except for the heart, which is tossed on the same trash heap as the swallow’s body. Washington Post, "A reading list just right for Christmas 2020: A little Dickens, a little Wilde, a little Donald Duck," 23 Dec. 2020 The result is that too many beloved consoles are heading for the trash heap rather than getting regifted under the Christmas tree. Kyle Wiens, Wired, "Copyright Law Is Bricking Your Game Console. Time to Fix That," 11 Dec. 2020 This is the story of a car model that hundreds of thousands of people have left on a trash heap. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Family’s love for a Ford Escort extends generations, dents and all," 26 Nov. 2020 According to The Times, a construction crew noticed smoke coming from a trash heap on Nov. 6. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Today’s Headlines: Biden moves closer to the White House," 6 Nov. 2020 Buying a phone that someone else discarded keeps that tech out of the trash heap and landfill. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "Your old cellphone may be worth more than you think. But you have to shop it around," 30 Aug. 2020 In addition to the faces, Apple has a heap of new bands. Popular Science, "Watch Apple’s Fall 2020 Watch and iPad announcement event," 15 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The judges heap praise onto Rosé and Symone, but Symone’s stellar du-rag-train runway steals the show. Paul Mccallion, Vulture, "RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Happy RuPaulidays!," 22 Jan. 2021 What better way for the Red Wings to renew that adversarial relationship than to heap more misery on the Hawks in Chicago’s home opener Friday at the United Center? Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Blackhawks players past and present — including ‘the Grim Reaper’ Stu Grimson — are thrilled to resurrect their division rivalry with the Detroit Red Wings," 22 Jan. 2021 But the line behind the man was too long to do anything more than wish him well, heap a little extra onto his plate, and turn to the next person waiting to be served. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "‘Today is the day that life has changed’: An oral history of L.A., COVID-19 and 2020," 3 Jan. 2021 Chief Justice John Roberts found a silver lining amid the wreckage of 2020 Thursday, using his annual report to heap praise on the federal judiciary's response to the coronavirus pandemic. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Amid election turmoil caused by Trump, Chief Justice Roberts lauds judiciary for pandemic response," 1 Jan. 2021 And consider the fact that caviar is best paired with humble partners; some people heap it on baked potatoes, others on blinis. Sallie Lewis, Town & Country, "Some People Stock Up on Beans. Others, Caviar.," 15 Nov. 2020 Not just for turkey, my grandfather, Poppy, used to heap the spicy, briny goodness onto pork chops and smother it all down in gravy. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "This oyster stuffing is great for Thanksgiving — and even better the next day," 19 Nov. 2020 The documents are likely to heap further pressure on Johnson to take tougher measures, potentially including a national lockdown. Alex Morales, Bloomberg.com, "Covid Spreading Faster Than U.K. Scientists’ Worst-Case Scenario," 30 Oct. 2020 On Saturday, López Obrador was one of the few world leaders still willing to heap praise on Trump. Mark Stevenson And DÉbora Álvares, Star Tribune, "Mexico, Brazil leaders silent as world congratulates Biden," 8 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of heap was before the 12th century

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“Heap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heap. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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



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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