Origin of lift
Middle English, from Old English lyft
First Known Use: before 12th century
Simple Definition of lift
: to move (something or someone) to a higher position
: to rise up from the ground or some other surface
: to move (someone or something) to a higher condition or position
Full Definition of lift
1 a : to raise from a lower to a higher position : elevate b : to raise in rank or condition c : to raise in rate or amount
2 : to put an end to (a blockade or siege) by withdrawing or causing the withdrawal of investing forces
5 : to take up (as a root crop or transplants) from the ground
6 : to pay off (an obligation) <lift a mortgage>
7 : to move from one place to another (as by aircraft) : transport
8 : to take up (a fingerprint) from a surface
Examples of lift
The paramedics lifted the stretcher into the ambulance.
lift a bucket of water
He lifted his foot from the gas pedal.
He lifted his pen from the paper.
She lifted her hands to the sky.
The story lifted him to national recognition.
Origin of lift
Middle English, from Old Norse lypta; akin to Old English lyft air — more at loft
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of lift
Definition of lift
2 a : the action or an instance of lifting b : the action or an instance of rising c : elevated carriage (as of a body part) d : the lifting up (as of a dancer) usually by a partner
3 : a device (as a handle or latch) for lifting
4 : an act of stealing : theft
6 : a layer in the heel of a shoe
7 : a rise or advance in position or condition
8 : a slight rise or elevation
First Known Use of lift
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