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lift

[lift] /lɪft/
verb (used with object)
1.
to move or bring (something) upward from the ground or other support to a higher position; hoist.
2.
to raise or direct upward:
He lifted his arm in a gesture of farewell; to lift one's head.
3.
to remove or rescind by an official act, as a ban, curfew, or tax:
a court decision to lift the ban on strikes by teachers.
4.
to stop or put an end to (a boycott, blockade, etc.):
The citizenry will have to conserve food and water until the siege against the city is lifted.
5.
to hold up or display on high.
6.
to raise in rank, condition, estimation, etc.; elevate or exalt (sometimes used reflexively):
His first book lifted him from obscurity. By hard work they lifted themselves from poverty.
7.
to make audible or louder, as the voice or something voiced:
The congregation lifted their voices in song.
8.
to transfer from one setting to another:
For the protagonist of the new play, the author has lifted a character from an early novel.
9.
Informal. to plagiarize:
Whole passages had been lifted from another book.
10.
Informal. to steal:
His wallet was lifted on the crowded subway.
11.
airlift (def 5).
12.
to remove (plants and tubers) from the ground, as after harvest or for transplanting.
13.
Horology. (of an escape wheel) to move (a pallet) by moving along the outer, oblique face.
14.
to pay off (a mortgage, promissory note, etc.).
15.
Golf. to pick up (the ball), as to move it from an unplayable lie.
16.
to perform a surgical face lifting on.
17.
Shipbuilding.
  1. to transfer (measurements and the like) from a drawing, model, etc., to a piece being built.
  2. to form (a template) according to a drawing, model, etc.
18.
to cease temporarily from directing (fire or bombardment) on an objective or area:
They lifted the fire when the infantry began to advance.
19.
Fox Hunting. to take (hounds) from the line of a fox to where it has just been seen.
verb (used without object)
20.
to go up; yield to upward pressure:
The box is too heavy to lift. The lid won't lift.
21.
to pull or strain upward in the effort to raise something:
to lift at a heavy weight.
22.
to move upward or rise; rise and disperse, as clouds or fog.
23.
(of rain) to stop temporarily.
24.
to rise to view above the horizon when approached, as land seen from the sea.
noun
25.
the act of lifting, raising, or rising:
the lift of a hand.
26.
the distance that anything rises or is raised:
a lift of 20 feet between canal locks.
27.
a lifting or raising force:
A kite depends on the wind to act as its lift.
28.
the weight, load, or quantity lifted.
29.
an act or instance of helping to climb or mount:
He gave her a lift onto the wagon.
30.
a ride in a vehicle, especially one given to a pedestrian:
Can you give me a lift across town?
31.
a feeling of exaltation or uplift:
Their visit gave me quite a lift.
32.
assistance or aid:
The fund-raiser's successful efforts proved a great lift for the organization.
33.
a device or apparatus for lifting:
a hydraulic lift.
34.
a movement in which a dancer, skater, etc., lifts up his partner.
35.
Skiing.
  1. ski lift.
  2. chair lift.
36.
British.
  1. elevator (def 2).
  2. any device used to lift or elevate, as a dumbwaiter or hoist.
37.
Informal. a theft.
38.
a rise or elevation of ground.
39.
Aeronautics. the component of the aerodynamic force exerted by the air on an airfoil, having a direction perpendicular to the direction of motion and causing an aircraft to stay aloft.
40.
Nautical.
  1. the capacity of a cargo ship measured in dead-weight tons.
  2. topping lift.
41.
one of the layers of leather forming the heel of a boot or shoe.
42.
a special arch support built or inserted into footwear.
43.
Mining. the slice or thickness of ore mined in one operation.
44.
Building Trades. the height of the quantity of concrete poured into a form at one time.
45.
Naval Architecture. any of the horizontal planks forming a type of half model (lift model) able to be removed and measured as a guide to laying out the water lines of the vessel at full scale.
46.
Typesetting. fat (def 23).
47.
Printing. the quantity of paper loaded into or removed from a press or other printing machine at one time.
48.
Horology.
  1. the displacement of a pallet by an escape wheel that has been unlocked.
  2. the angle through which the pallet passes when so displaced.
49.
airlift (defs 1–3).
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; 1955-60 for def 10; Middle English liften < Old Norse lypta, derivative of lopt air, cognate with German lüften literally, to take aloft; see loft
Related forms
liftable, adjective
lifter, noun
underlift, noun
unliftable, adjective
unlifted, adjective
unlifting, adjective
Synonyms
1. elevate. See raise.
Antonyms
1. lower.
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Examples for lift
  • He didn't lift his leg, but did still mark on walks.
  • The simple act of petting a dog can lift people's spirits.
  • Helium is lighter than air and able to lift about one gram per liter of gas.
  • As the video below explains, some of the concrete foundations of the lift towers were failing.
  • Ants can lift and carry more than three times their own weight.
  • Unlike other birds, hummingbirds get a portion of their lift during the upstroke of their wings.
  • Then, they hoisted it on deck with a hydraulic lift.
  • Both are essentially spinning wings that stay aloft thanks to aerodynamic lift and gyroscopic stability.
  • Immediately lift out the fish and arrange on the platter.
  • As the eggs are cooked, lift them from the water with a slotted spoon.
British Dictionary definitions for lift

lift1

/lɪft/
verb
1.
to rise or cause to rise upwards from the ground or another support to a higher place to lift a sack
2.
to move or cause to move upwards to lift one's eyes
3.
(transitive) to take hold of in order to carry or remove to lift something down from a shelf
4.
(transitive) to raise in status, spirituality, estimation, etc his position lifted him from the common crowd
5.
(transitive) to revoke or rescind to lift tax restrictions
6.
to make or become audible or louder to lift one's voice in song
7.
(transitive) to take (plants or underground crops) out of the ground for transplanting or harvesting
8.
(intransitive) to disappear by lifting or as if by lifting the fog lifted
9.
to transport in a vehicle
10.
(transitive) (informal) to take unlawfully or dishonourably; steal
11.
(transitive) (informal) to make dishonest use of (another person's idea, writing, etc); plagiarize
12.
(transitive) (slang) to arrest
13.
(transitive) to perform a face-lift on
14.
(transitive) (US & Canadian) to pay off (a mortgage, etc)
noun
15.
the act or an instance of lifting
16.
the power or force available or used for lifting
17.
  1. (Brit) a platform, compartment, or cage raised or lowered in a vertical shaft to transport persons or goods in a building US and Canadian word elevator
  2. See chairlift, ski lift
18.
the distance or degree to which something is lifted
19.
a usually free ride as a passenger in a car or other vehicle
20.
a rise in the height of the ground
21.
a rise in morale or feeling of cheerfulness usually caused by some specific thing or event
22.
the force required to lift an object
23.
a layer of the heel of a shoe, etc, or a detachable pad inside the shoe to give the wearer added height
24.
aid; help
25.
(mining)
  1. the thickness of ore extracted in one operation
  2. a set of pumps used in a mine
26.
  1. the component of the aerodynamic forces acting on a wing, etc, at right angles to the airflow
  2. the upward force exerted by the gas in a balloon, airship, etc
27.
See airlift (sense 1)
Derived Forms
liftable, adjective
lifter, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Scandinavian; related to Old Norse lypta, Old English lyft sky; compare loft

lift2

/lɪft/
noun
1.
(Scot) the sky
Word Origin
Old English lyft
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Word Origin and History for lift
lift
c.1200, from O.N. lypta "to raise," from P.Gmc. *luftijan (cf. M.L.G. lüchten, Du. lichten, Ger. lüften "to lift;" O.E. lyft "heaven, air," see loft). The meaning "steal" (as in shop-lift) is first recorded 1520s. Noun meaning "cheering influence" is from 1861; sense of "elevator" first recorded 1851. Meaning "help given to a pedestrian by taking him into a vehicle" is from 1712.
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lift in Science
lift
  (lĭft)   
An upward force acting on an object. Lift can be produced in many ways; for example, by creating a low-pressure area above an object, such an airplane wing or other airfoil that is moving through the air, or by lowering the overall density of an object relative to the air around it, as with a hot air balloon. Compare drag. See also airfoil, buoyancy. See Note at aerodynamics.

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Slang definitions & phrases for lift

lift

noun
  1. A surge or feeling of exhilaration; a transport of exuberance; high, kick, rush: I get a lift from watching that kid (1861+)
  2. A ride: I need a lift to the bus terminal downtown (1712+)
verb
  1. Tosteal: He got caught lifting a chicken from the convenience store (1526+)
  2. To plagiarize: whole pages lifted from my book (1892+)
Related Terms

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