up·​lift | \ (ˌ)əp-ˈlift How to pronounce uplift (audio) \
uplifted; uplifting; uplifts

Definition of uplift

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to lift up : elevate especially : to cause (a portion of the earth's surface) to rise above adjacent areas
2 : to improve the spiritual, social, or intellectual condition of


up·​lift | \ ˈəp-ˌlift How to pronounce uplift (audio) \

Definition of uplift (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act, process, result, or cause of uplifting: such as
a(1) : the uplifting of a part of the earth's surface
(2) : an uplifted mass of land
b : a bettering of a condition especially spiritually, socially, or intellectually
c(1) : influences intended to uplift
(2) : a social movement to improve especially morally or culturally
2 : a brassiere designed to hold the breasts up

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Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of uplift in a Sentence

Verb music that uplifts the soul geologic forces that uplifted the mountains
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The community center, Nowaskie said, would also provide a safe environment that will uplift and empower residents. Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, "Central Indiana LGBTQ community faces critical health care gaps, study finds," 30 June 2020 The project also is meant to uplift various voices in the community, especially those of people of color. Julie Washington, cleveland, "#Voicesof CLE art project pairs artists, businesses to beautify boarded-up parts of downtown Cleveland," 20 June 2020 To right that wrong, fans of the genre have to open themselves up to the criminally underrated work of Black composers and make an effort to uplift them right alongside Beethoven and Chopin. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Did History White-Wash Beethoven?," 19 June 2020 Meghan Markle implored the class of 2020 to uplift the needs of others in a speech to the graduating class of her former high school that addressed the death of George Floyd. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "'We need you': Meghan Markle pays tribute to George Floyd in graduation address urging students to vote," 4 June 2020 Vanessa Bryant on Monday sued the company that operated the helicopter. ___ 11 a.m. Kobe Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, said at a public memorial that the outpouring of love and support from around the world has uplifted the family in their grief. Bloomberg.com, "The Latest: Kobe Bryant Service Ends With Oscar-winning Film," 18 May 2020 Culture boosters had booked Arlo Guthrie and Amy Grant as part of the first season, and were working to uplift residents in the devastated area outside Sacramento, after so many setbacks. Los Angeles Times, "Arts center in Gold Rush town opens, but coronavirus forces closure two days later. What now?," 11 May 2020 This was incredibly moving to witness – a testament to the power of movies to uplift. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "Home theater: Escape into the joyous world of musicals," 22 Apr. 2020 Lefkofsky and her husband came up with the idea of having teens uplift those in need. Sierra Newton, Cincinnati.com, "Heart Land: St. Xavier teen enjoys giVING much-needed money to his rowing coach," 12 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Small-time investors who are trading from their sofas might account for some of the uplift in stock prices. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "How the retail trading boom is shaking up the US stock market," 23 June 2020 The grocery chain saw an impressive uplift in revenue excluding fuel, growing it by 19.1% in the quarter ended May 23 from a year earlier. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, "Kroger Faces a Tough Crowd," 18 June 2020 Armed with this information, Darwin proposed a theory of continental-scale fall and uplift, with tiny changes working over eons to create dramatic landscapes like those in the Andes. National Geographic, "Darwin's first—and only—trip around the world began a scientific revolution," 11 June 2020 The color yellow inspires, uplifts, illuminates and offers hope, happiness, cheerfulness and fun. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "YELO, a colorful craft banh mi bistro, set to open in Katy Asian Town this summer," 26 May 2020 Hosted by comedians Matt Rogers and Dave Mizzoni, GAYME SHOW! is a comedic competition that uplifts and celebrates the LGBTQ+ community and its allies. Diane J. Cho, PEOPLE.com, "Quibi Launches Today: A Comprehensive Guide to All the Celeb-Studded Shows You Can Watch on Your Phone Right Now," 6 Apr. 2020 In March 2014, a magnitude 4.9 earthquake rocked Norris Geyser Basin, bring the seemingly unstoppable uplift to a sudden halt. National Geographic, "See the Full Archive," 19 Mar. 2020 That means Xerox would have to make serious concessions on price, including accepting a bid that leans more heavily on stock than cash, with the expectation that shareholders benefit from the uplift. Alex Webb | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "HP Doesn’t Need Xerox, Which May Have Been the Point," 18 Nov. 2019 These articles were not usually intended to cause outrage (the founders of Upworthy were more interested in uplift). Jonathan Haidt, The Atlantic, "Why It Feels Like Everything Is Going Haywire," 12 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of uplift


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


circa 1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Uplift.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uplift. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of uplift

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make (someone) happy or hopeful
: to lift (something) up : to raise (something) to a higher position


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

: an increase in amount or number
: an increase in happiness or hopefulness


up·​lift | \ ˌəp-ˈlift How to pronounce uplift (audio) \
uplifted; uplifting

Kids Definition of uplift

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to lift up
2 : to make feel happy or hopeful The music uplifted us.


up·​lift | \ ˈəp-ˌlift How to pronounce uplift (audio) \

Kids Definition of uplift (Entry 2 of 2)

: an increase in happiness or hopefulness

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