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 Take some mental health breaks, like watching this uplifting video about hygiene tips. New York Times, "The Business World Wakes Up to a Pandemic," 12 Mar. 2020 Gaga's hairstylist, Freddie Aspiras, also uplifted her in the glam room. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga "Started to Break Down" After A Star Is Born and Her Joanne Tour," 12 Sep. 2019 West quickly realized his gallery wasn't only a space for his work, but a place to uplift the experiences and expression of all black voices. Abigail Roberts, ABC News, "Lack of representation prompts African American artist to open Bronx gallery," 25 Feb. 2020 This aims to uplift urban poor citizens through skill development. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "The Indian government’s job schemes are far from helping the economy," 19 Feb. 2020 You are uplifted by inspiring thoughts and can turn a pedestrian task into something that appears glamorous to others. oregonlive, "Horoscope for Feb. 17, 2020: Happy birthday Joseph Gordon-Levitt; Scorpio, stay in the loop," 17 Feb. 2020 In the end, they are uplifted and able to fly, carried by their six counterparts. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "BTS Releases Powerful "Black Swan" Song and Art Film as First MOTS: 7 Single," 17 Jan. 2020 Starring beloved Black Hollywood pioneers like Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker, Viola Davis, and Will Smith, these projects tell a range of important stories to uplift and empower the culture. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Netflix Has You Covered This Black History Month," 5 Feb. 2020 Our intent for the show and the music is to uplift and inspire people. Valerie Lee, Billboard, "How Creative Director Jordan Rosenheck Built a Universe for Gryffin's Gravity II Tour," 4 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Fox Nation, the streaming service brought you by Fox News, has a whole host of shows and series that aim to inspire, uplift and restore your faith. Fox News, "5 Fox Nation shows to inspire, uplift and restore your faith," 26 Mar. 2020 Then the region suddenly shot up again at a rate of 5.9 inches a year between late 2013 and early 2014, the highest pace of uplift ever observed within Yellowstone National Park. National Geographic, "See the Full Archive," 19 Mar. 2020 What went into deciding to uplift and support those voices in singing about mental health? Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Noah Cyrus Wants You to Talk About Your Mental Health: 'Don't Be Afraid to Speak Up'," 18 Dec. 2019 Graves, who could see Nielsen coming all the way up the course, was able to respond down the home stretch and finally left town with a winner’s medal and an uplift on the road to Tokyo. BostonGlobe.com, "Gevvie Stone wins record 10th women’s championship singles title - The Boston Globe," 20 Oct. 2019 To get to this higher value would require an uplift in operating performance. Chris Hughes | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Elliott Is Playing Hardball Again in Germany," 6 Aug. 2019 The Way Back borrows conventions from such jock uplift films as Remember the Titans and Friday Night Lights but violates inspirational movie principles. Armond White, National Review, "The Way Back Gets Lost in Nihilism," 6 Mar. 2020 Black colleges represented in physical form the acquisition of land, the aspirations for education, and successful uplift of African-Americans—and a certain style of dorm life became part of the program. Carla Yanni, Smithsonian, "How College Dorms Evolved to Fit America’s Gender and Racial Politics," 6 Sep. 2019 Clark’s catch was everything for thirsty 49ers fans, the ultimate uplift for a franchise used to being second, or last. Robert Morast, San Francisco Chronicle, "Hater’s guide to loving the San Francisco 49ers," 29 Jan. 2020

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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 9 Apr. 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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