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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 The bottom line is not every piece of intellectual property really has the heft to merit such big-screen treatment, and if there was a way to build a viable cinematic franchise around the game, this doesn't feel like it. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Sonic the Hedgehog' has problems that better teeth can't fix," 13 Feb. 2020 These days women’s organisations tend to lack the financial heft needed to emulate the suffragists’ election fund. The Economist, "What modern campaigners can learn from the fight for women’s suffrage," 19 Apr. 2018 Their true heft is hidden below the surface, where a massive network of root-like stalks of mycelium branch out for miles. Jessica Boddy, Popular Science, "Welcome to Earth, home to human-sized salamanders and skin-eating worms," 22 Apr. 2020 Blankets are often weighted with plastic pellets wrapped in polyester — which is essentially a plastic — to give them their heft and ability to cling to the body. NBC News, "The best eco-friendly weighted blankets," 20 Apr. 2020 Carson Palmer, the last player with Burrow’s heft, couldn’t do it. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty: This is the last new beginning for professional football in Cincinnati," 22 Apr. 2020 Mixing between wild boar and commercial pig breeds likely contributes to that, since traits such as heft and large litter size have been under intense selection in farmed pigs as well. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 3 Apr. 2020 Criticism of China from other countries has been muted, likely reflecting its growing economic and strategic heft. Andrea Dudik, Fortune, "Europe turned to China for coronavirus testing help. Why some are now regretting it," 1 Apr. 2020 The first part is all action, and is the far more popular volume, but the second has some surprise emotional heft thrown in there. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "The Best Classic Films on Netflix Right Now," 19 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Since the time required to graduate is typically four years, many students will accept their diploma while hefting more than $100,000 in debt. Stephane Kasriel, Fortune, "Why Upwork Scratched College Degree Requirements From Our Job Descriptions," 6 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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“Heft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heft. Accessed 5 Jun. 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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