\ 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 loft (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for loft

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of loft in a Sentence

Noun The kids' bedroom has a loft. He rents a converted loft. Verb 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 restoration of this venerable structure took most of the year, with its interior being gutted for the loft apartments that occupy the upper floors. Jacques Kelly,, 1 Jan. 2022 Every so often someone would hold a rock show in an empty parking lot or a beat-up loft space. Jami Attenberg, The New Yorker, 27 Dec. 2021 And rents are rising even more quickly for expensive loft apartments in Manhattan. Anna Bahney, CNN, 11 Nov. 2021 The steel factories are gone, and the pandemic has left the somewhat revitalized downtown, with its Art Deco City Hall and expensive new loft apartments, eerily empty. Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2021 At artist Chivas Clem’s walk-up West 14th Street loft, Pruitt placed a 16-foot-long mirror on the floor with a line of cocaine stretched from one end to another. Vulture Editors, Vulture, 20 Apr. 2021 In addition to the three private rooms, an upstairs loft features sleeping quarters for up to 11 people. Alex Schechter, Travel + Leisure, 13 Dec. 2021 Meanwhile, Larson is still toiling in obscurity, living in an unheated loft in early-’90s New York and trying to break through in the world of theater. David Sims, The Atlantic, 20 Nov. 2021 Built in 1987, the town home has 2-1/2 bathrooms, vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, an upstairs loft, a first-floor laundry area, and an eat-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and a double wall oven. Bob Goldsborough,, 8 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the entry to the loft-like main living area, an enormous fashion photo book on a tall stand is open to a shot by Annie Leibovitz of an undressed Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley with Tom Ford. Nancy Keates, WSJ, 8 Dec. 2021 The Pentagon also has embarked on a vast effort to loft up to 500 satellites that would provide improved means of tracking ballistic, cruise and hypersonic missiles. New York Times, 28 Nov. 2021 The brain eventually realized Curry drew two defenders on the inbound pass and emboldened Poole to loft the prayer of a shot. Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Nov. 2021 Delicate orange wings loft them thousands of miles each year on an extraordinary two-way migratory route. Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2021 Start-ups in Australia and Germany are planning to loft fire-spotting satellites in order to serve fast-growing international markets. New York Times, 27 Sep. 2021 With 1:31 remaining Hambleton then was able to loft a jump ball to Harp. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 30 Oct. 2021 Baylor pressure Purdy, who had nothing left to do but loft the ball toward the end zone. Interception. Iowa State loses. Randy Peterson, USA TODAY, 25 Sep. 2021 Startups in Australia and Germany are planning to loft fire-spotting satellites in order to serve fast-growing international markets., 28 Sep. 2021

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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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12 Jan 2022

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“Loft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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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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