\ 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

The area is booming with breweries, loft apartments, competing boutique hotels and a year-round farmers’ market. Julie Bosman, New York Times, "In the Midwest, Relentless Floods Dredge Up ‘Shadow’ of 1993," 3 June 2019 Your purchase gets you approximately 34,000 square feet of space over nine buildings currently holding retail shops, loft apartments, office space, a pharmacy, two restaurants, and a bar. Jamie Wiebe, House Beautiful, "You Can Own The Town From The Walking Dead," 3 Mar. 2015 The first, a 1,500-square-foot main house with loft-like elements, would feature a massive fishing workshop and floors of gray poured concrete. Chantal Lamers, Sunset, "How to Design a Pair of Family Cabins," 22 Jan. 2018 From her company’s loft-like headquarters, Ms. Davis walked to a health food store to get SmartyPants Kids vitamins, but the variety was out of stock. Sarah Nassauer, WSJ, "Walmart Builds a Secret Weapon to Battle Amazon for Retail’s Future," 21 Mar. 2019 The photographer duo invited an intimate group of friends to their Nolita loft for their debut collaboration with online direct-to-consumer jewelry brand Mene. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "A House Party, but Make It Fashion: Inez and Vinoodh Celebrate Their Mene Jewelry Collaboration," 12 Feb. 2019 In his San Francisco loft, Dan Rolleri kept his perfume collection hidden away in a back room where the bottles filled two metal cabinets and overflowed onto a nearby desk. Danielle Fox, ELLE Decor, "Tour A Mid-Century Modern Home In California With Its Own Perfumery," 26 Mar. 2018 Pale barges into Anna’s loft following the funeral, upending her passionless relationship with a screenwriter. Jason Zinoman, Vogue, "In Burn This, Adam Driver and Keri Russell Find Love in a Hopeless Place," 15 Apr. 2019 The house is full of smart splurges: There's a retractable glass garage door that brings in plenty of natural light—and opens up onto a pop-out terrace—and a loft bed that's directly above the bathroom. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You've Got To See This Tiny House Airbnb Olivia Wilde Helped Design," 12 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Giants were the beneficiary of their bullpen setup in a 2-1 win over the Dodgers Friday night when Brandon Belt lofted a foul pop down the left field line. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Dodgers call bull on Giants bullpen setup," 8 June 2019 But the rough patches are lofted by its vitality and refusal to draw its characters in terms of tragedy. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Review: ‘Pose’ Demands to Be Seen," 1 June 2018 Defense ministry spokesman Wu Qian on Thursday told reporters the missile was capable of lofting both conventional and nuclear warheads, the latter to carry out a rapid retaliatory strike. Fox News, "China says advanced DF-26 missile deployed but," 26 Apr. 2018 Casey was on the hill and lofted a pitch onto the green to 2 feet for a birdie that restored his lead. Doug Ferguson, The Seattle Times, "Casey holds on to repeat title at Valspar Championship," 24 Mar. 2019 Optinid/Agence Argo via New Atlas Below the open-air lofted space there’s a small kitchen with a retractable dining table. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Tiny house tries indoor-outdoor living with sliding roof," 18 Sep. 2018 Burton, who played some quarterback in college and who was the Eagles’ emergency quarterback, then lofted a strike to Foles at the goal line. Jeff Mclane,, "Nick Foles' Super Bowl trick play touchdown catch was one for the ages," 4 Feb. 2018 Architects and husband-and-wife team Apurva Pande and Chinmaya Misra’s most difficult condo renovation project was one that had sounded so simple: Combine a client’s two downtown Los Angeles lofts into one. Carren Jao,, "Getting through that condo remodel means taking extra steps," 8 June 2018 Shkodran Mustafi lofted a great long ball into the path of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who found a teasing cross., "WATCH: Newcastle Beats Arsenal, Secures Fourth Consecutive League Victory," 15 Apr. 2018

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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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to take the place or position of

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