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 Hauer-King has two sisters, one of whom, Hannah, is the artistic director of a theater company uplifting female voices. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "Everything you need to know about The Little Mermaid's Prince Eric, Jonah Hauer-King (yes, he can sing)," 13 Nov. 2019 Democrats often have countered that the state has not done enough under GOP leadership, in particular, for K-12 schools and to uplift the embattled Department of Child Services. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "House Speaker Brian Bosma to retire after 34 years," 19 Nov. 2019 Italy, hoping to capitalize on its ancient culture and reputation for the good life, also seeks to uplift its cuisine abroad. Amelia Nierenberg, New York Times, "Guarding the Sanctity of Italian Food, One Meal at a Time," 16 Sep. 2019 Some wonder if a conspiracy is afoot to seize the property and tarnish the legacy of a black man who sought to uplift his community through entrepreneurship. Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times, "Nipsey Hussle died in the Marathon Clothing lot. Will his legacy die there too?," 13 Aug. 2019 The second bill Harris introduced is legislation to uplift black communities. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: An early look at which Democrats qualify for the 3rd debate," 22 July 2019 Joy and happiness Your spirit is uplifting Your memory endures! courant.com, "Walter G. Davis," 11 Dec. 2019 Throughout the interview, Pierce uplifted Meghan and sent positive messages her way. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Former Suits Costar Says Doria Ragland Helped Meghan Markle Prepare for the "Ugly Side of Human Nature"," 29 Oct. 2019 The astronauts who took part in the first all-female spacewalk are still uplifted by all the excitement down on Earth. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Female spacewalking duo uplifted by excitement below," 21 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the island was elevated during a period of geologic uplift, creating a 92-acre lake that today is surrounded by a ridge more than 130 feet high. Richard C. Paddock, New York Times, "A Lake With Stingless Jellyfish and Hints of Hotter Seas," 4 Nov. 2019 At those moments, in seeking uplift amid the darkness, the movie risks veering into cliches. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Harriet' adds Hollywood touch to Harriet Tubman's heroic tale," 31 Oct. 2019 The scene is marked by a powerful eulogy delivered by Flip Williams (Lahmard Tate), whose message of uplift later helps Coop avoid becoming a victim of gang violence as well. Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times, "The CW’s ‘All American’ pens a ‘love letter’ to Nipsey Hussle and South L.A.," 7 Oct. 2019 Instagram is killing Sears And consumers’ lives are being radically changed in the wake of such uplift. Lily Jackson | Ljackson@al.com, al, "Gen Z is changing the look, feel of small-business Alabama," 10 Nov. 2019 The main driver of this uplift from poverty has been the globalization of the international trading system. Lee Edwards, National Review, "Three Nations That Tried Socialism and Rejected It," 14 Oct. 2019 The secret is not so much the Michelle Obama formula of going high where Trump goes low — although an occasional moment of uplift would be refreshing these days. David Von Drehle, Twin Cities, "David Von Drehle: Trump without the Trumpiness would win reelection in a landslide," 3 Nov. 2019 Combined with a 30-10 win over Russia in its opening game this year, one former World Cup winner senses an uplift in confidence from Japanese rugby fans. Daniel Gallan, CNN, "'They feel they can win': George Gregan on Japan's World Cup hopes," 1 Oct. 2019 The Bank of Spain warns the uplift could cause 125,000 job losses, though others dispute that. The Economist, "Employment in southern Europe: better, but fragile," 22 Aug. 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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uplifted. Accessed 22 January 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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