up·​heave | \ ˌəp-ˈhēv How to pronounce upheave (audio) , (ˌ)ə-ˈpēv \
upheaved; upheaving; upheaves

Definition of upheave

transitive verb

: to heave up : lift

intransitive verb

: to move upward especially with power

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upheaver noun

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Examples of upheave in a Sentence

exactly how the builders of the pyramids at Giza upheaved such massive blocks of stone remains a mystery
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First Known Use of upheave

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Upheave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upheave. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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