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

Other Words from uplift


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 Vans is donating $200,000 to three organizations that advocate for and provide the space, access and community needed to uplift the voices of the LBGTQ+ community. cleveland, 1 June 2022 Pride Month is our reminder to uplift and look out for each other, knowing that there are still so many facing injustice and disproportionate discrimination, especially Black trans women, who are the most marginalized members of our community. Giovanny Garzon, Forbes, 29 June 2022 For another scrub that will energize your skin and uplift your spirits, check out Anthony’s signature vibrant orange scrub. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Mar. 2022 It should be noted, however, that the period of tumah incurred by the Kohen lasts only one day, a price worth paying in order to uplift those who are down. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Sun Sentinel, 5 July 2022 The multi-hyphenate is intentional about expanding his business to build generational wealth and uplift his community and encourages those around him to walk in the same path. Neena Rouhani, Billboard, 19 May 2022 This nonprofit aims to uplift, empower and connect LGBTQ+ youth across the world through storytelling and education. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 6 June 2022 These coaches have unquestionably been hired because of their basketball acumen and ability to uplift the franchise, much like the Celtics’ Ime Udoka. Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, 4 June 2022 Because the museum sits on Kumeyaay ancestral land, Sidner said collaborating with the tribe through this exhibition is one way to uplift their stories and voices. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The life of Mike Tyson doesn’t lend itself to a traditional sort of sports biopic, so don’t expect a lot of uplift from this unauthorized look at the life of the former champ. Keith Phipps, Rolling Stone, 2 Aug. 2022 SiFive achieved that level of performance uplift by widening the out-of-order execution over the P550 and improving clock speeds. Kevin Krewell, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 And, personally speaking, there’s something about that vision of doomsday uplift that — while stellarly acted and cleverly against-the-grain — just doesn’t resonate with or ring true to me. Washington Post, 15 Dec. 2021 Also connecting it to her own experience, Loughlin said that Project Angel Food has the power to uplift. Kelly Wynne, PEOPLE.com, 25 July 2022 The décor is not meant to provide empty uplift but to undo some of the shame inflicted on patients by the outside world. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, 13 July 2022 The total uplift amounted to 160,000 barrels of oil-equivalent after about a year and a half of production. Takeaways. Ian Palmer, Forbes, 27 June 2022 But the committee’s mission isn’t to uplift, but to warn. Inkoo Kang, Washington Post, 23 June 2022 This would help further a core goal of the duo to uplift and affirm Black hair in its many textures and forms. Martine Thompson, Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for uplift


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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