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heft

noun \ ˈheft \

Definition of heft

2 archaic :the greater part of something :bulk

Examples of heft in a Sentence

  1. the heft of a good hammer

  2. some synthetic fabrics are nice and warm, but I prefer wool because it has more heft

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Origin and Etymology of heft

from heave, after such pairs as weave : weft


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heft

verb

Definition of heft

transitive verb
1 :to heave up :hoist
2 :to test the weight of by lifting
  • hefting the rod … to get the feel of it
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Examples of heft in a Sentence

  1. hefted his growing son onto his shoulders

  2. heft your baggy gym shorts a little higher—you're showing us more than we care to see

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First Known Use of heft

circa 1661

heft Synonyms

Synonyms
boost, heave, hoist, jack (up), upheave
Antonyms
drop, lower
Related Words
elevate, hike, pick up, raise, rear, up, uplift, upraise, uprear
Near Antonyms
depress, drop, lower; sink, submerge, submerse

HEFT Defined for English Language Learners

heft

noun

Definition of heft for English Language Learners

  • : weight or heaviness

  • : importance or influence


heft

verb

Definition of heft for English Language Learners

  • : to lift (something) up


HEFT Defined for Kids

heft

verb \ ˈheft \

Definition of heft for Students

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


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