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Definition of heft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 archaic : the greater part of something : bulk


hefted; hefting; hefts

Definition of heft (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to heave up : hoist
2 : to test the weight of by lifting hefting the rod … to get the feel of itConsumer Reports

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Synonyms for heft

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of heft in a Sentence

Noun the heft of a good hammer some synthetic fabrics are nice and warm, but I prefer wool because it has more heft Verb hefted his growing son onto his shoulders heft your baggy gym shorts a little higher—you're showing us more than we care to see
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Instead of a duvet, opt for a quilt to add texture and heft. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "How to Seriously Cozy Up a Guest Bedroom," 14 Sep. 2020 When Clarke eventually finished the novel and engaged an agent, in 2003, the book’s heft and supernatural themes made dollar signs flash in Bloomsbury’s eyes. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi Is a Hall of Wonders," 10 Sep. 2020 Fixtures such as Lady Gaga do still have enough heft to ripple the charts (and thank God—her sense of spectacle saved the VMAs on Sunday). Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Katy Perry and the End of Pop," 1 Sep. 2020 Meanwhile, the heft of groups including financial and energy companies have steadily dwindled to the lowest levels since at least 1990. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "These Stocks Have Rallied More Than 400% This Year," 30 Sep. 2020 Several filmmakers have tried—two in 2018 alone—to capture the depth and scope and cultural heft of the Supreme Court justice’s sway over American history and the public imagination. Alessandra Codinha, Vogue, "Five Feet Tall But Towering Over All of Us: A Tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg," 19 Sep. 2020 The heft of a weighted blanket isn’t the same as a hug but can stimulate nerve endings. Anne Saker, The Enquirer, "Coronavirus: Five things to know about ‘touch deprivation’ – and how to treat it," 15 Sep. 2020 As their heft in markets has grown, individuals have morphed into a force Wall Street can’t afford to ignore. Sarah Ponczek, Bloomberg.com, "Reddit's Stock Threads Become a Must-Read on Wall Street," 15 Sep. 2020 As their heft in markets has grown, individuals have morphed into a force Wall Street can’t afford to ignore. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "The Capital Note: Wall Street Bets & Work from Home," 15 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Gary Scott, a Parkrose High sophomore on his first assignment for the school paper, hefted the brick-like Graflex XL camera he’d been issued and steadied himself. oregonlive, "On first Earth Day 50 years ago, an Oregon teen took a photo of Gov. Tom McCall that became a part of history," 22 Apr. 2020 Worse yet, hefting even the smallest book was unspeakably painful. David Lyman, Cincinnati.com, "Think you don't have time to read? Give audiobooks a try," 10 Apr. 2020 On Monday, fire crews in Northern California packed down carnitas and coffee and headed to a morning briefing before spreading out across the region, each hefting around 50 pounds of gear. Tim Arango, New York Times, "With California Ablaze, Firefighters Strain to Keep Up," 28 Oct. 2019 In 2014, art thieves hefted the heavy sculpture into a car trunk and made off into the night. Paul Salopek, The New Yorker, "Walking the Path of the Buddha in a Neglected Corner of India," 9 Aug. 2019 Miners came down the gangplanks hefting three tons of gold from far northwest Canada. Smithsonian, "Gold Fever! Deadly Cold! And the Amazing True Adventures of Jack London in the Wild," 24 Oct. 2019 The officers ignored her, pulled her upright and hefted her back onto the grass. oregonlive, "‘Don’t touch her!’: Arrest of bike-riding OSU student in Corvallis raises fears about bias, use of force," 18 Oct. 2019 For one, these kinds of actuators have nowhere near the power of traditional motors, which allow robots on automotive assembly lines to heft massive pieces of metal. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Finally, a Robot That Moves Kind of Like a Tongue," 1 Aug. 2019 The possibility was real that the hunters had shot the animal illegally in the Yukon and hefted the body across the border into Alaska. National Geographic, "In the Alaska-Yukon wilderness, wildlife crime fighters face a daunting task," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of heft


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


circa 1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for heft


from heave, after such pairs as weave : weft

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The first known use of heft was in the 15th century

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19 Oct 2020

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“Heft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heft. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of heft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: weight or heaviness
chiefly US : importance or influence



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

chiefly US : to lift (something) up


\ ˈheft How to pronounce heft (audio) \
hefted; hefting

Kids Definition of heft

: to lift something up She hefted her suitcase onto the train.

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