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1 pile /ˈpajəl/ noun
plural piles
1 pile
/ˈpajəl/
noun
plural piles
Learner's definition of PILE
[count]
: a group of things that are put one on top of another
often + of
informal
: a very large amount of something
: a large amount of money

at the bottom of the pile

: in a low or very unimportant position

at the top of the pile

: in a high or very important position
compare 3pile, 4pile
2 pile /ˈpajəl/ verb
piles; piled; piling
2 pile
/ˈpajəl/
verb
piles; piled; piling
Learner's definition of PILE
[+ object] : to put (something) in a pile
often + up
[+ object] : to put a large amount of things on or in (something) + with
[+ object] : to put (things or people) inside or on top of something in a quick and careless way + into or onto
[no object] of a group of people, animals, etc. : to enter or get on something (such as a building or vehicle) quickly + into or onto

pile in

[phrasal verb] of a group of people, animals, etc.
: to move into a place or vehicle quickly

pile on

[phrasal verb]
pile on (something) : to put a large amount of (something) on something or someone
◊ If you pile on the pounds, you gain a lot of weight.
US, informal : to join other people in criticizing something or someone in usually an unfair way

pile out

[phrasal verb] of a group of people, animals, etc.
: to move out of a place or a vehicle quickly

pile up

[phrasal verb]
: to increase in amount or number to a total that is difficult to manage
see also pileup
3 pile /ˈpajəl/ noun
3 pile
/ˈpajəl/
noun
Learner's definition of PILE
: a soft surface of short threads on a rug, carpet, etc.
[singular]
[noncount]
compare 3nap
compare 1pile, 4pile
4 pile /ˈpajəl/ noun
plural piles
4 pile
/ˈpajəl/
noun
plural piles
Learner's definition of PILE
[count]
: a long stake or pointed post that is pushed into the ground to support something (such as a building)
compare 1pile, 3pile
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