lift

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verb

lifted; lifting; lifts

transitive verb

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
3
: revoke, rescind
lift an embargo
4
a
: steal
had her purse lifted
c
: to take out of normal setting
lift a word out of context
5
: to take up (something, such 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

intransitive verb

1
a
: ascend, rise
the rocket lifted off
b
: to appear elevated (as above surrounding objects)
2
of inclement weather : to dissipate and clear
liftable adjective
lifter noun

lift

2 of 3

noun (1)

1
: the amount that may be lifted at one time : load
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 (such as a handle or latch) for lifting
4
: an act of stealing : theft
5
b
: a ride especially along one's way
6
: a layer in the heel of a shoe
7
: a rise or advance in position or condition
8
: a slight rise or elevation
9
: the distance or extent to which something rises
10
: an apparatus or machine used for hoisting: such as
a
: a set of pumps used in a mine
b
chiefly British : elevator sense 1b
c
: an apparatus for raising an automobile (as for repair)
d
11
a
: an elevating influence
b
: an elevation of the spirit
12
a
: the component of the total aerodynamic force acting on an airplane or airfoil that is perpendicular to the relative wind and that for an airplane constitutes the upward force that opposes the pull of gravity
b
: an updraft that can be used to increase altitude (as of a sailplane)
13
: an organized movement of people, equipment, or supplies by some form of transportation
especially : airlift
14
: plastic surgery on a part of the body typically to improve a drooping or sagging appearance especially by reducing excess skin and fat
a neck lift

lift

3 of 3

noun (2)

chiefly Scotland
Choose the Right Synonym for lift

lift, raise, rear, elevate, hoist, heave, boost mean to move from a lower to a higher place or position.

lift usually implies exerting effort to overcome resistance of weight.

lift the chair while I vacuum

raise carries a stronger implication of bringing up to the vertical or to a high position.

scouts raising a flagpole

rear may add an element of suddenness to raise.

suddenly reared itself up on its hind legs

elevate may replace lift or raise especially when exalting or enhancing is implied.

elevated the taste of the public

hoist implies lifting something heavy especially by mechanical means.

hoisted the cargo on board

heave implies lifting and throwing with great effort or strain.

heaved the heavy crate inside

boost suggests assisting to climb or advance by a push.

boosted his brother over the fence

Examples of lift in a Sentence

Verb 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Two minutes later, Ovalle gave Mexico the lead, taking the ball off Becky Sauerbrunn’s foot, dribbling into the box alone, then lifting a soft left-footed shot over keeper Alyssa Naeher and just under the crossbar. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2024 For over a year, only a select few U.S. stocks, commonly termed the Magnificent Seven, have lifted the entire S&P 500 to new records. Ivan Illan, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 Using an end table or sofa arm for support, lift your left foot behind you and rest it on top of the couch cushion. Dana Santas, CNN, 27 Feb. 2024 Everton’s original penalty, a 10-point deduction for financial rules violations, was reduced to six points, lifting its chances of staying in the division — and of retaining access to the tens of millions of dollars in annual revenues that a place in the Premier League brings. Tariq Panja, New York Times, 26 Feb. 2024 After that vehicle transported him to a spot near the stage, two guards lifted him up once again and carried him to the stairs for his entrance. Jack Irvin, Peoplemag, 26 Feb. 2024 Norrington lifts the dihedral door, holds down a switch, and the two-piece roof, activated by no less than eight electric motors, folds quietly atop the engine. Tim Pitt, Robb Report, 26 Feb. 2024 The Child Tax Credit was as much as $3,600 per child during the Covid era, and experts found that the change helped lift millions of children out of poverty. David Lightman, Sacramento Bee, 26 Feb. 2024 Hong Kong/New Delhi CNN — Japan’s stock market defied gloomy economic data to rally Friday, lifting broader Asian shares and ending the week on a buoyant note. Diksha Madhok, CNN, 16 Feb. 2024
Noun
Other commentators have suggested that Middleton has been recovering from cosmetic surgery, with some jokingly suggesting a Brazilian buttock lift (BBL), or even that the Princess has gotten an unflattering haircut and is taking time to grow it out. Dani Di Placido, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 Now, perhaps an unexpected lift after its exposure on The Voice. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 28 Feb. 2024 Big fella on the rise Stuck in one of their longest scoring lulls of the season Saturday, the Bruins got an unlikely lift from a player averaging 3.3 points. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2024 Photo : Honda Honda VTOL Mobility behemoth Honda is leveraging its extensive knowledge from its HondaJet to develop a unique tiltrotor VTOL, with eight rotors for vertical lift and two rotors for horizontal thrust. Dan Sloat, Robb Report, 26 Feb. 2024 Photos and video show Castro on a scissor lift, wheeling his way toward the nearly 2,000-pound load that was suspended 16 feet into the air. Maya Miller, Sacramento Bee, 22 Feb. 2024 Doctors can also restore volume with a face lift or by transferring fat from other body parts to the face. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 22 Feb. 2024 Ask for layers with extra emphasis on face-framing pieces. 05 of 18 Angled Lob For thicker and heavier hair, an A-line long bob that's slightly shorter in the back and subtly layered can help add volume and lift. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 22 Feb. 2024 Skiing Info Deer Valley Resort has 21 lifts — a high-speed four-passenger gondola, 14 high-speed quad lifts, 5 triple chairs, and one double chair — to access its 103 runs. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 20 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English, from Old Norse lypta; akin to Old English lyft air — more at loft

Noun (2)

Middle English, from Old English lyft

First Known Use

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lift was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Lift.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lift. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

lift

1 of 2 verb
1
: to move to a higher position, rate, or amount
2
: to rise from the ground
planes lifting from the runway
the rocket lifted off
3
: to stop or remove often temporarily
lift a blockade
lift a ban
4
: to move upward and disappear or become scattered
when the fog lifts
lifter noun

lift

2 of 2 noun
1
: the amount that may be lifted at one time : load
2
: the action or an instance of lifting
3
: help especially in the form of a ride
can I give you a lift?
4
a
chiefly British : elevator sense 1b
b
: a device for carrying people up or down a mountain
5
: a raising of the spirits
their visit gave me a lift
6
: an upward force (as on an airplane wing) that opposes the pull of gravity

Medical Definition

lift

noun
: plastic surgery on a part of the body typically to improve a drooping or sagging appearance especially by reducing excess skin and fat
… many plastic surgeons claim that doing a brow lift or a neck lift at an earlier age can help postpone more invasive face-lifts later on …Liz Welch, Glamour
lift transitive verb

Legal Definition

lift

transitive verb
: to put an end to : make no longer effective
lift the stay

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