\ ˈlȯft How to pronounce loft (audio) \

Definition of loft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an upper room or floor : attic
2a : a gallery in a church or hall
b : one of the upper floors of a warehouse or business building especially when not partitioned living in a converted loft
c : hayloft
3a : the backward slant of the face of a golf-club head
b : the act of lofting
4 : the thickness of a fabric or insulating material (such as goose down)


lofted; lofting; lofts

Definition of loft (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to place, house, or store in a loft
2 : to propel through the air or into space lofted a long hit to center instruments lofted by a powerful rocket
3 : to lay out a full-sized working drawing of the lines and contours of (such as a ship's hull)

intransitive verb

1 : to propel a ball high into the air
2 : to rise high

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loftlike \ ˈlȯft-​ˌlīk How to pronounce loftlike (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for loft

Synonyms: Noun

attic, cockloft, garret

Synonyms: Verb

cast, catapult, chuck, dash, fire, fling, heave, hurl, hurtle, launch, lob, peg, pelt, pitch, sling, throw, toss

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Examples of loft in a Sentence


The kids' bedroom has a loft. He rents a converted loft.


He lofted a home run into the stands. The explosion lofted dust high into the air.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Both modern and retro in design, the loft is home to an assemblage of art and design pieces that capture the zeitgeist of the ’70s with gusto. Vogue, "Inside Alan Faena’s All-White Hideout, Where Fashion Week’s Finest Came to Play," 6 Sep. 2019 Rashad Armstead lay down on a mattress in the middle of his East Oakland loft as the anxiety took over his body. San Francisco Chronicle, "Rashad Armstead fills a bag of French fries at his restaurant, Grammie's Down-Home Chicken, in Oakland.," 30 Aug. 2019 The light, bright, loft-like space is on the top floor of a block that sits on a hill, with a lovely sea breeze that comes through the windows. Audrey Phoon, Condé Nast Traveler, "Singapore’s Private Kitchens Are the Island’s Hottest Dining Experience," 14 Aug. 2019 The fifth and sixth floors, where this loft is, were added about 10 years ago to create the penthouse level. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$1.4M Detroit loft has great views and famous neighbors," 15 June 2019 The loft is coming on the market for $8.995 million. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Playwright Edward Albee’s Manhattan Loft Hits Market for Almost $9 Million," 27 Nov. 2018 Why Fort Lauderdale? Mendín wants to revitalize the old Las Olas Riverfront – one of his nightlife haunts during his 20s – and open as hundreds of urban pioneers shuffle into the city’s many new downtown residential lofts. Phillip Valys,, "Jose Mendin’s Rivertail restaurant docking on Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Riverfront," 10 Sep. 2019 The sprawling three-bedroom loft features an open floor plan, wherein the living room is the hub of the home, surrounded by a breakfast nook, kitchen, and formal dining area. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "This Brooklyn Loft by Bella Mancini Will Give You Open-Floor-Plan Envy," 17 July 2019 The impressive 2,480-square-foot loft also includes two bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, chocolatey hardwood floors, exposed duct work, a walk-through closet and plenty of natural light, thanks to the many large windows. Hallie Miller,, "Orioles Hall of Famer Jim Palmer lists Little Italy apartment for $775,000," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Robison played the ball through to Goodman, who cut in from the left and lofted the ball just over the reach of Marshfield goalie Katie McNeil. Seamus Mcavoy,, "Bishop Feehan edges Marshfield, 2-1, in girls’ soccer," 5 Sep. 2019 Adalberto Mejia was brought in to face pinch hitter Robbie Grossman, who lofted his first pitch deep enough into the East Bay sun to send Mike Trout into a tizzy. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Takeaways: Athletics’ seven-run seventh prompts comeback win over Angels," 5 Sep. 2019 Misawa’s dining room is straightforward in design, the ceilings lofted and exposed, with black paint covering the ductwork and beams. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "This Japanese restaurant on Bardstown Road falls short of serving A+ sushi," 4 Sep. 2019 Ubogagu quickly stepped up in her role, lofting a cross into the box in the 32nd minute for Hill, who beat her defender in a one-on-one and chipped a header toward the back post. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride beat Chicago Red Stars 2-1 despite early Alex Morgan injury," 23 Aug. 2019 In January of 2018, a US aerospace startup called Swarm launched four tiny satellites into space on an Indian rocket that lofted a total 31 payloads. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Why stowaway creatures on the Moon confound international space law," 16 Aug. 2019 With just over 10 minutes remaining, Virgil van Dijk lofted a cross towards the far post where substitute Joel Matip was left unmarked to head home the equalizer. Matias Grez, CNN, "Manchester City beats Liverpool to begin defense of its domestic quadruple," 4 Aug. 2019 Later, Jackson rolled out to his right after feeling pressure from Tavon Young on a cornerback blitz and lofted a back-foot throw to tight end Mark Andrews. Jonas Shaffer,, "After another strong day from Lamar Jackson, John Harbaugh ‘real pleased’ with Ravens’ passing game," 3 Aug. 2019 Wherever one of these fires hits, the threat is not just a flaming wall, but red-hot embers lofted up to a mile ahead of the main blaze., "Of small communities across 11 states, more than 500 have a higher wildfire hazard potential than Paradise, Calif.," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of loft


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1518, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for loft


Middle English, from Old English, air, sky, from Old Norse lopt; akin to Old High German luft air

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English Language Learners Definition of loft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a room or space that is just below the roof of a building and that is often used to store things
: a high section of seats in a church or hall
: an upper floor of a warehouse or business building especially when it is not divided by walls



English Language Learners Definition of loft (Entry 2 of 2)

: to hit or throw (something, such as a ball) so that it rises high in the air


\ ˈlȯft How to pronounce loft (audio) \

Kids Definition of loft

1 : an upper room or upper story of a building
2 : a balcony in a church
3 : an upper part of a barn

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