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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uplifter noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for uplift

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 reform of current policy, and creation of new policy will uplift Black and Brown families in our state for generations to come. courant.com, 4 June 2021 Her layered vocals over pounding beats uplift us from pandemic isolation, gets us deep into our feelings, and back onto the streets. Smithsonian Magazine, 14 May 2021 Restaurants can uplift their neighbors, collaborating with growers to help people in need. Danielle Bernabe, Fortune, 10 Apr. 2021 They are dedicated to doing the necessary work to uplift the LGBTAIA+ community. Brooklyn White, Essence, 28 May 2021 Lopatin, of the Jewish Community Relations Council/American Jewish Committee of Detroit, said the organization supports a two-state solution, but also wants to uplift the Palestinian community. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, 24 May 2021 Let’s uplift all the women in our lives, at home, and in the workplace, because true equality and empowerment requires breaking the confines of a single month’s celebration. Ellevate, Forbes, 17 May 2021 Greene, who aims to uplift the community in which her dispensary is located, said the drug has been misunderstood. Abby Cruz, Sarah Herndon, ABC News, 10 May 2021 The true beauty of fashion is its ability to uplift. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, 26 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Successful bidders have 36 months to start construction on any project, which front loads the uplift, and will also be encouraged to decamp to the country themselves. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 25 May 2021 Some wells revealed a significant uplift in gas and oil flowrates. Ian Palmer, Forbes, 19 May 2021 Soul City would be open to residents of all races but designed to help Black residents through a combination of cultural uplift, jobs, and egalitarian social policies. Divya Subramanian, The New Republic, 17 Mar. 2021 Other research has found that 80% of companies see an uplift after implementing personalization, and personalization efforts can boost revenues by up to 15%. Blake Morgan, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 With his innovative use of digital effects and looping, Kye weaves together diverse textures, catchy melodies, and rich, sweet vocals to create songs that groove, uplift, and empower listeners. oregonlive, 22 Apr. 2021 Even so, Fearless’s concise melodic punch comes through—as does its blend of uplift and realism. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 13 Apr. 2021 While a couple of games lost a frame or two, half of the titles saw some sort of uplift. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, 17 Mar. 2021 But those feelings of uplift are magnified during the pandemic, when so many people are seeking respite in the outdoors. Daniel E. Slotnik New York Times, Star Tribune, 2 Mar. 2021

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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 21 Jun. 2021.

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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



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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