verb \(ˌ)əp-ˈlift\

: to make (someone) happy or hopeful

: to lift (something) up : to raise (something) to a higher position

Full Definition of UPLIFT

transitive verb
:  to lift up :  elevate; especially :  to cause (a portion of the earth's surface) to rise above adjacent areas
:  to improve the spiritual, social, or intellectual condition of
intransitive verb
:  rise
up·lift·er noun

Examples of UPLIFT

  1. music that uplifts the soul
  2. geologic forces that uplifted the mountains

First Known Use of UPLIFT

14th century


noun \ˈəp-ˌlift\

: an increase in amount or number

: an increase in happiness or hopefulness

Full Definition of UPLIFT

:  an act, process, result, or cause of uplifting: as
a (1) :  the uplifting of a part of the earth's surface
(2) :  an uplifted mass of land
b :  a bettering of a condition especially spiritually, socially, or intellectually
c (1) :  influences intended to uplift
(2) :  a social movement to improve especially morally or culturally
:  a brassiere designed to hold the breasts up

First Known Use of UPLIFT

circa 1845

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale


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