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[1]  
      n  
1    accumulation, assemblage, assortment, collection, heap, hoard, mass, mound, mountain, rick, stack, stockpile  
2      (informal)   big bucks     (informal, chiefly U.S.)   big money, bomb     (Brit. slang)   fortune, megabucks     (U.S. & Canad. slang)   mint, money, packet     (slang)   pot, pretty penny     (informal)   tidy sum     (informal)   wad     (U.S. & Canad. slang)   wealth  
3      (often plural, informal)    a lot, great deal, ocean, oodles     (informal)   quantity, stacks  
4    building, edifice, erection, structure  
      vb  
5    accumulate, amass, assemble, collect, gather, heap, hoard, load up, mass, stack, store  
6    charge, crowd, crush, flock, flood, jam, pack, rush, stream  
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pile   [2]  
      n   beam, column, foundation, pier, piling, pillar, post, support, upright  

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pile   [3]  
      n   down, fibre, filament, fur, hair, nap, plush, shag, surface  

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pile

  
  ( piles    plural & 3rd person present)   ( piling    present participle)   ( piled    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   A pile of things is a mass of them that is high in the middle and has sloping sides.  
usu N of n   (=heap, mound)  
...a pile of sand..., The leaves had been swept into huge piles.     
2       n-count   A pile of things is a quantity of things that have been put neatly somewhere so that each thing is on top of the one below.  
usu N of n  
...a pile of boxes..., The clothes were folded in a neat pile.     
3       verb   If you pile things somewhere, you put them there so that they form a pile.  
He was piling clothes into the suitcase...      V n adv/prep  
A few newspapers and magazines were piled on a table.      V n adv/prep  
4       verb   If something is piled with things, it is covered or filled with piles of things.  
usu passive  
Tables were piled high with local produce.      be V-ed with n  
5       quant   If you talk about a pile of something or piles of something, you mean a large amount of it.  
INFORMAL   QUANT of pl-n/n-uncount  
...a whole pile of disasters.     
6       verb   If a group of people pile into or out of a vehicle, they all get into it or out of it in a disorganized way.  
They all piled into Jerrold's car...      V into/out of n  
A fleet of police cars suddenly arrived. Dozens of officers piled out.      V in/out  
7       n-count   You can refer to a large impressive building as a pile, especially when it is the home of a rich important person.  
...some stately pile in the country.     
8       n-count   Piles are wooden, concrete, or metal posts which are pushed into the ground and on which buildings or bridges are built. Piles are often used in very wet areas so that the buildings do not flood.  
usu pl  
...settlements of wooden houses, set on piles along the shore.     
9       n-plural   Piles are painful swellings that can appear in the veins inside a person's anus.  
10       n-sing   The pile of a carpet or of a fabric such as velvet is its soft surface. It consists of a lot of little threads standing on end.  
...the carpet's thick pile.     
11    Someone who is at the bottom of the pile is low down in society or low down in an organization. Someone who is at the top of the pile is high up in society or high up in an organization.  
INFORMAL  
be at the bottom of the pile, be at the top of the pile      phrase   oft v-link PHR   pile up  
1       phrasal verb   If you pile up a quantity of things or if they pile up, they gradually form a pile.  
Bulldozers piled up huge mounds of dirt...      V P n (not pron)  
Mail was still piling up at the office.      V P  
2       phrasal verb   If you pile up work, problems, or losses or if they pile up, you get more and more of them.  
Problems were piling up at work...      V P  
He piled up huge debts.      V P n (not pron)  


pile-up        ( pile-ups    plural  )
in AM, use pileup      A pile-up is a road accident in which a lot of vehicles crash into each other.      n-count  
...a 54-car pile-up.     

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pile-up, piles, piles, pilfer

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informal term used for describing a pile of clothes left on the floor
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term referring to a pile of clothes left on a chair
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