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2 a means of getting to a destination in a vehicle driven by another
  • I'll need a lift to work while my car is in the shop

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1 to move from a lower to a higher place or position
  • I needed help lifting the heavy globe back up to the top shelf

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2 to move or extend upward
  • once the sun started to cut through the morning fog, the colorful hot-air balloons began to lift off from the field

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3 to take (something) without right and with an intent to keep
  • she turned her back for just a moment, and somebody lifted her purse

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lift, raise, rear, elevate, hoist, heave, boost mean to move from a lower to a higher place or position. lift usually implies exerting effort to overcome resistance of weight. lift the chair while I vacuum raise carries a stronger implication of bringing up to the vertical or to a high position. scouts raising a flagpole rear may add an element of suddenness to raise. suddenly reared itself up on its hind legs elevate may replace lift or raise especially when exalting or enhancing is implied. elevated the taste of the public hoist implies lifting something heavy especially by mechanical means. hoisted the cargo on board heave implies lifting and throwing with great effort or strain. heaved the heavy crate inside boost suggests assisting to climb or advance by a push. boosted his brother over the fence

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The first known use of lift was before the 12th century

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“Lift.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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