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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
heap /hip/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a group of things placed, thrown, or lying one on another;
    pile:a heap of stones.
  2. Informal Termsa great or large quantity or number:a heap of trouble.

v. 
  1. to (cause to) become gathered or put in a heap: [no object;  (~ + up)]The snow had heaped up overnight.[+ object (+ up)]The wind had heaped the snow (up) into drifts.[ ~ (+ up) + obj]:The wind had heaped (up) the snow.
  2. to accumulate:[~ (+ up/together) + object]to heap up riches.
  3. to bestow in great quantity:[+ object + on/upon + object]to heap blessings upon someone.
  4. to supply with a great deal of something:[+ object]to heap a plate with food.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
heap  (hēp),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a group of things placed, thrown, or lying one on another;
    pile:a heap of stones.
  2. Informal Termsa great quantity or number;
    multitude:a heap of people.
  3. Slang Termsan automobile, esp. a dilapidated one.
  4. all of a heap, [Informal.]
    • overwhelmed with astonishment;
      amazed:We were struck all of a heap upon hearing of their divorce.
    • suddenly;
      abruptly:All of a heap the room was empty.

v.t. 
  1. to gather, put, or cast in a heap;
    pile (often fol. by up, on, together, etc.).
  2. to accumulate or amass (often fol. by up or together):to heap up riches.
  3. to give, assign, or bestow in great quantity;
    load (often fol. by on or upon):to heap blessings upon someone; to heap someone with work.
  4. to load, supply, or fill abundantly:to heap a plate with food.

v.i. 
  1. to become heaped or piled, as sand or snow;
    rise in a heap or heaps (often fol. by up).
heaper, n. 
heapy, adj. 
  • bef. 900; 1925–30 for def. 3; Middle English heep, Old English hēap; cognate with Dutch hoop, Old High German houf; akin to German Haufe
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged mass, stack;
      accumulation, collection.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
heap /hiːp/ n
  1. a collection of articles or mass of material gathered together in one place
  2. (often plural) usually followed by of: informal a large number or quantity
  3. give it heapsNZ slang to try very hard
  4. informal a place or thing that is very old, untidy, unreliable, etc: the car was a heap
adv
  1. heaps(intensifier): he said he was feeling heaps better
vb
  1. often followed by up or together: to collect or be collected into or as if into a heap or pile
  2. (tr; often followed by with, on, or upon) to load or supply (with) abundantly: to heap with riches
Etymology: Old English héap; related to Old Frisian hāp, Old Saxon hōp, Old High German houf

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