lifted; lifting; lifts
: to raise from a lower to a higher position : elevate
: to raise in rank or condition
: to raise in rate or amount
: to put an end to (a blockade or siege) by withdrawing or causing the withdrawal of investing forces
had her purse lifted
: to take out of normal setting
lift a word out of context
: to take up (something, such as a root crop or transplants) from the ground
: to pay off (an obligation)
lift a mortgage
: to take up (a fingerprint) from a surface
of inclement weather : to dissipate and clear
: the action or an instance of lifting
: the action or an instance of rising
: elevated carriage (as of a body part)
: the lifting up (as of a dancer) usually by a partner
: a device (such as a handle or latch) for lifting
: assistance, help
: a ride especially along one's way
: a layer in the heel of a shoe
: a rise or advance in position or condition
: a slight rise or elevation
: the distance or extent to which something rises
: an apparatus or machine used for hoisting: such as
: a set of pumps used in a mine
chiefly British : elevator sense 1b
: an apparatus for raising an automobile (as for repair)
: ski lift
: an elevating influence
: an elevation of the spirit
: 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
: an updraft that can be used to increase altitude (as of a sailplane)
: an organized movement of people, equipment, or supplies by some form of transportation
especially : airlift
: 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
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
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VerbThe child was handed a teddy bear before being wheeled to the deck, placed in a metal basket and lifted alongside her mother into an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from San Diego. —Colleen Shalby, Los Angeles Times, 29 May 2023 The mangled vehicle finally came to a stop back on track, and safety workers quickly emerged to check on Kirkwood and lift the car to help the Andretti Autosport driver climb from the car. —Ellen J. Horrow, USA TODAY, 28 May 2023 Yes, historic reductions in spending, consequential reforms that will lift people out of poverty into the work force, rein in government overreach. —CBS News, 28 May 2023 In reality, the advertisement features footage lifted from Musk’s appearance at a TED event in 2022. —Brandy Zadrozny, NBC News, 27 May 2023 This grueling upper body workout from trainer J Malik makes a great close out to a lifting session, or do it a few times over to get a full workout in. —Cori Ritchey, Men's Health, 26 May 2023 Anthony lifts his gun and fires a single shot, striking Brown in the chest. —Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 26 May 2023 The bill was championed by Democratic Sen. Omar Fateh, of Minneapolis, who was lifted into the air by drivers outside the Senate chamber right after the bill passed Sunday. —Steve Karnowski, Fortune, 26 May 2023 According to a police report, surveillance video found by police from local businesses and residents showed Baskin and Dinkins lifting the man into the dumpster. —The Arizona Republic, 26 May 2023
NounThat promises to be a heavy lift for both Mr. McCarthy and Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York, the Democratic leader, who must now cobble together a coalition of House Republicans and Democrats to push it through. —Luke Broadwater, New York Times, 28 May 2023 For musicians and audiences, a full house is an emotional lift. —Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 25 May 2023 What triggered this the May 25 takeoff was a huge lift in guidance that investors took as proof that Nvidia is already beginning to ride A.I. to one of the fastest profit explosions ever. —Shawn Tully, Fortune, 25 May 2023 His surge is a huge lift for a Brewers pitching staff that is dealing with shoulder injuries to two-time All-Star Brandon Woodruff, Eric Lauer, Wade Miley and Aaron Ashby. —Steve Megargee, Chron, 24 May 2023 But the Supreme Court’s lift of the stay at that time did not address Smith’s choosing nitrogen hypoxia instead of lethal injection. —Ivana Hrynkiw | Ihrynkiw@al.com, al, 15 May 2023 Six miles high, the atmosphere becomes thick enough to produce lift. —Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, 8 May 2023 Along with 35-inch Goodyear Territory Mud-Terrain tires and fancy Multimatic DSSV spool-valve dampers, the AT4X features a 1.5-inch suspension lift, tough skid plates, and an electronically locking rear differential. —Car and Driver, 1 May 2023 The figure makes for a 12-6 lift on the overall Streaming Songs chart and a third week at the summit on Latin Streaming Songs. —Pamela Bustios, Billboard, 11 Apr. 2023 See More
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