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

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 Additionally, the money seeks to support U.S. troop deployments on NATO territory, covering the costs of U.S. personnel's transportation and equipment, temporary duty, special pay, airlift and medical support., 29 Apr. 2022 In 1948, President Truman launched the Berlin airlift to fly over the Soviet troops that, on Stalin’s orders, had cut off access to West Berlin. John Yoo, National Review, 19 Mar. 2022 Squat white container homes line the runways of the former Tempelhof Airport, used 75 years ago for the airlift that sustained West Berlin through the Soviet blockade. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2022 During the airlift, Allied planes carrying supplies landed every 45 seconds at Templehoff Airport in Berlin. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Feb. 2022 After the airlift, Halvorsen remained in the Air Force. Nate Carlisle, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 Feb. 2022 Austin acknowledged shortcomings in the final airlift from Hamid Karzai International Airport that began Aug. 14, such as an initial wave of violence at and near the airfield that led to multiple deaths of Afghan civilians. Robert Burns And Lolita C. Baldor, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Sep. 2021 After the end of last month's airlift from Kabul, the U.S. promised to continue working with the new Taliban rulers to get those who want to leave out, and the militants pledged to allow anyone with the proper legal documents to leave. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 6 Sep. 2021 During the discovery process, the British government was pressed to explain a memo detailing the airlift of documents from Nairobi. The New Yorker, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of airlift

1943, in the meaning defined above

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27 May 2022

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“Airlift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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