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uplift

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verb up·lift \(ˌ)əp-ˈlift\

Definition of uplift

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to lift up :  elevate; especially :  to cause (a portion of the earth's surface) to rise above adjacent areas

  3. 2 :  to improve the spiritual, social, or intellectual condition of

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  rise

uplifter

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Examples of uplift in a Sentence

  1. music that uplifts the soul

  2. geologic forces that uplifted the mountains

Recent Examples of uplift from the Web

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First Known Use of uplift

14th century


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noun up·lift \ˈəp-ˌlift\

Definition of uplift

  1. 1 :  an act, process, result, or cause of uplifting: such asa (1) :  the uplifting of a part of the earth's surface (2) :  an uplifted mass of landb :  a bettering of a condition especially spiritually, socially, or intellectuallyc (1) :  influences intended to uplift (2) :  a social movement to improve especially morally or culturally

  2. 2 :  a brassiere designed to hold the breasts up

Recent Examples of uplift from the Web

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First Known Use of uplift

circa 1845


UPLIFT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of uplift for English Language Learners

  • : to make (someone) happy or hopeful

  • : to lift (something) up : to raise (something) to a higher position

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Definition of uplift for English Language Learners

  • : an increase in amount or number

  • : an increase in happiness or hopefulness


UPLIFT Defined for Kids

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verb up·lift \ˌəp-ˈlift\

Definition of uplift for Students

uplifted

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uplifting

  1. 1 :  to lift up

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


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noun up·lift \ˈəp-ˌlift\

Definition of uplift for Students

  1. :  an increase in happiness or hopefulness



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