\ ˈheft How to pronounce heft (audio) \

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 Some ran into frustrations from trying to glean anything from counterparts overseas; ICE didn’t exactly have the institutional or bureaucratic heft that someone from the FBI could throw around. Casey Michel, Rolling Stone, 8 Oct. 2021 Steeped in a deep groove and full synth chords, the production adds a bittersweet heft to Zanders’ inspiring plea for more love and less hate. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 2 July 2021 Has the dark heft of Nero d’Avola with the silky acidity of a Napa Cabernet Franc. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 11 Sep. 2021 McKenzie is building her career by studiously choosing projects that have emotional heft and telegraph larger messages. Andrea Cuttler, Harper's BAZAAR, 22 July 2021 It is rooted in the formula of potent propaganda through the ages: Say it loud, say it often, say it with the heft of political power behind you, and people will believe. Calvin Woodward, Colleen Long And David Klepper, Chron, 18 July 2021 It is rooted in the formula of potent propaganda through the ages: Say it loud, say it often, say it with the heft of political power behind you, and people will believe. Calvin Woodward, Star Tribune, 18 July 2021 Each episode is packed with emotional heft and best experienced on a weekly-ish schedule. BostonGlobe.com, 24 June 2021 Instead, head to a bakery or the bakery department of a grocery store for larger buns with a little more heft. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, 21 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Many women liked to carry the bag on their shoulder because the Paddington, worth its weight in gold, had heft. Vogue, 30 Sep. 2021 On the other hand, Intel is the largest semiconductor manufacturer in the world, with all the R&D heft that comes along with that. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 Both characters come with major emotional baggage, but the actresses heft their heavy loads with grit and grace. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Mar. 2021 Start your reading engines early this month, because this month’s book picks have heft — in number of pages, yes, but also in terms of thought and inquiry. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2021 When his companion showed up later, the two hunters were able to drag the buck to the road, but couldn’t heft it up onto the trunk of their ’69 Plymouth Fury until another hunter happened by and offered to assist. Bob Humphrey, Outdoor Life, 19 Nov. 2020 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, 22 Apr. 2020 Worse yet, hefting even the smallest book was unspeakably painful. David Lyman, Cincinnati.com, 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, 28 Oct. 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 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of heft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: weight or heaviness
: importance or influence



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

: 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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