air·​lift | \ ˈer-ˌlift How to pronounce airlift (audio) \

Definition of airlift

: a system of transporting cargo or passengers by aircraft often to or from an otherwise inaccessible area

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Other Words from airlift

airlift transitive verb

Examples of airlift in a Sentence

an emergency airlift to deliver supplies to the famine victims
Recent Examples on the Web The Maldives is one of the few destinations that currently has substantial airlift, with several major airlines operating daily flights. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, "I Traveled to the Maldives During COVID-19 — Here's What It Was Really Like," 16 Mar. 2021 After receiving his own second dose of the vaccine, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that a massive airlift of vaccines would begin, allowing everyone 16 and over to be immunized within two months. Zev Chafets, Star Tribune, "Why Israel was the perfect test case for vaccines," 13 Jan. 2021 The cost of the operation is being split between Free the Wild and Four Paws, with Free the Wild paying for the airlift in conjunction with journalist and businessman Eric Margolis. Charles Mcdermid And Bopha Phorn, Los Angeles Times, "Cher — yes, Cher — helps a captive elephant find a new home in Cambodia," 26 Nov. 2020 Operation Christmas Drop is the Department of Defense’s longest-running humanitarian airlift training operation. Staff Reports, USA TODAY, "Operation Christmas Drop takes off Dec. 5 for 69th annual mission," 30 Nov. 2020 The holiday movie highlights Operation Christmas Drop, the Department of Defense's longest-running humanitarian airlift still in operation. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Is Operation Christmas Drop a Real Thing? The Inspiring Mission Behind Netflix's Hit Holiday Movie," 27 Nov. 2020 Air Mobility Command, the air component of U.S. Transportation Command, is headquartered at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois and is responsible for airlift, air refueling, air mobility, and aeromedical evacuation operations worldwide. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Pentagon imposes COVID rapid tests on officials traveling overseas," 2 Nov. 2020 Abby is originally from western Kentucky, was part of a rescue airlift to where she was adopted by Jan and Len Duello in Wisconsin. cleveland, "See Best Pet Halloween Costume photo entries for animals named Abby through Coco," 21 Oct. 2020 First as missions similar to the airlift in places such as Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania, Japan, Guam and Iraq. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Air Force ‘Candy Bomber’ glides into milestone birthday," 19 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of airlift

1943, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of airlift was in 1943

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28 Mar 2021

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“Airlift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of airlift

: an occurrence in which people or things are carried to or from a place by airplanes during an emergency when other methods are not possible


air·​lift | \ ˈer-ˌlift How to pronounce airlift (audio) \
airlifted; airlifting

Kids Definition of airlift

: to move people or cargo by aircraft usually to or from an area that cannot be reached otherwise Food was airlifted to the earthquake victims.

Other Words from airlift

airlift noun

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