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heave

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of heave

  1. 1 to lift with effort I heaved my duffel bag into the bus's overhead compartment Synonyms of heave boost, heft, hoist, jack (up), upheave Words Related to heave elevate, hike, pick up, raise, rear, up, uplift, upraise, uprear Near Antonyms of heave depress, drop, lower; sink, submerge, submerse

  2. 2 to discharge the contents of the stomach through the mouth heaved as soon as he stepped off the roller coaster Synonyms of heave barf, gag, vomit, hurl, puke, retch, spew, spit up, throw up, upchuckWords Related to heave disgorge, regurgitate; eject, expel; nauseate

  3. 3 to move from a lower to a higher place or position heaved the bucket from the bottom of the well Synonyms of heave boost, crane, elevate, raise, heft, heighten, hike, hoist, jack (up), lift, perk (up), pick up, take up, up, uphold, uplift, upraiseWords Related to heave ascend, mount, rise; rear, upendNear Antonyms of heave descend, dip, fall, pitch, plunge, slip; bear, depress, press, push; sink, submergeAntonyms of heave drop, lower

  4. 4 to send through the air especially with a quick forward motion of the arm heaved the brick over the fence Synonyms of heave cast, catapult, chuck, dash, fire, fling, throw, hurl, hurtle, launch, lob, loft, peg, pelt, pitch, sling, tossWords Related to heave bowl, dart, flip, gun, hook, pass, roll, shoot; buck, eject, impel, precipitate, project, propel, rifle, thrust

  5. 5 to breathe hard, quickly, or with difficulty by the time he reached the top step of the tower, he was heaving Synonyms of heave blow, gasp, hyperventilate, pant, puff, wheezeWords Related to heave choke, gag, gulp, huff; asphyxiate, smother, stifle, strangle; snore, snuffle; exhale, expire

Synonym Discussion of heave

lift, raise, rear, elevate, hoist, heave, boost mean to move from a lower to a higher place or position. lift usually implies exerting effort to overcome resistance of weight.
    • lift the chair while I vacuum
raise carries a stronger implication of bringing up to the vertical or to a high position.
    • scouts raising a flagpole
rear may add an element of suddenness to raise.
    • suddenly reared itself up on its hind legs
elevate may replace lift or raise especially when exalting or enhancing is implied.
    • elevated the taste of the public
hoist implies lifting something heavy especially by mechanical means.
    • hoisted the cargo on board
heave implies lifting and throwing with great effort or strain.
    • heaved the heavy crate inside
boost suggests assisting to climb or advance by a push.
    • boosted his brother over the fence


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