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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Other Words from uplift


uplifter noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for uplift

Synonyms: Verb

boost, crane, elevate, heave, heft, heighten, hike, hoist, jack (up), lift, perk (up), pick up, raise, take up, up, uphold, upraise

Antonyms: Verb

drop, lower

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Examples of uplift in a Sentence


music that uplifts the soul geologic forces that uplifted the mountains

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Also, Sihyeon’s voice is very attractive and just hearing her unique tone uplifts my mood. Jeff Benjamin, Billboard, "EVERGLOW React to Billboard Chart Debut, Talk Representing K-Pop Globally," 30 July 2019 As with his presidential bid in 2016, Sanders has premised his campaign on supporting and uplifting working-class Americans. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Bernie Sanders releases plan to strengthen unions," 21 Aug. 2019 People was praying for me, that uplifted me when my spirits was low. Los Angeles Times, "ASAP Rocky is ‘disappointed’ by guilty verdict, but won’t go back to jail," 14 Aug. 2019 The Miami Dolphins welcomed a surprise visitor to their training-camp practice Monday, uplifting the spirits of many players and coaches. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Kendrick Norton, who had arm amputated in car crash, uplifts Dolphins’ spirits with visit to training camp," 5 Aug. 2019 Club women focused their attention on the plight of black girls and women, determined to protect, defend, and uplift them and eradicate the immoral habits, which were the legacy of slavery. Longreads, "A Minor Figure," 20 July 2019 And that holds especially true for a show that can uplift us without glossing over what’s at stake. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Broadway's Joyful Musical ‘The Prom’ Is Necessary Right Now," 4 June 2019 Now in its fifth year, over 25,000 people from across the country come together at the one-day event to celebrate and uplift black beauty. Chona Kasinger, Glamour, "19 Gorgeous Beauty Looks from CurlFest 2018," 23 July 2018 The girls would often pop in her office and uplift her mood. Quoron Walker, Courant Community, "Robertson Girls On The Run," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 While a fall in Huawei smartphone sales could blunt some of those companies’ business, sales of rivals’ devices—which also use South Korean parts—could see an uplift. Asa Fitch, WSJ, "Trump Punches Huawei and Global Tech Firms Get a Bloody Nose," 28 June 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," 24 Aug. 2019 The 24-year-old’s songs rip open bandages and expose universal wounds but never without the catchy uplift that has made his expressions of anxiety so singular. Alex Suskind, EW.com, "Friday Pop Shop: The return of Brockhampton, summer Haim, Jack Antonoff, and more songs you’ll Lauv," 2 Aug. 2019 Debates around respectability politics, narratives of hope and uplift are ones Whitehead has explored consistently over his career (usually taking a Turner-like stance). Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "In ‘The Nickel Boys,’ Colson Whitehead Continues to Make a Classic American Genre His Own," 11 July 2019 Kyle has another shot to build another program in Arizona and uplift Arizona basketball. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Kyle Weaver leaving Bella Vista to start Dream City Christian national HS hoops program," 28 June 2019 Aside from a single 48-hour uplift in the first weekend of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, the Cardinal has wallowed for more than a decade. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Stock report: On USC football momentum, Stanford basketball personnel hits, Pac-12 bowl partners and more," 7 June 2019 In my research, black conservatives who directly spoke to issues of racial inequality and black uplift felt marginalized within the GOP. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Diamond and Silk, Fox & Friends’ favorite black Trump supporters, explained," 5 Feb. 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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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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