up-lift

uplift

[v. uhp-lift; n. uhp-lift]
verb (used with object)
1.
to lift up; raise; elevate.
2.
to improve socially, culturally, morally, or the like: to uplift downtrodden and deprived peoples.
3.
to exalt emotionally or spiritually.
verb (used without object)
4.
to become uplifted.
noun
5.
an act of lifting up or raising; elevation.
6.
the process or work of improving, as socially, intellectually, or morally.
7.
emotional or spiritual exaltation.
8.
a brassiere.
9.
Geology. an upheaval.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English upliften. See up-, lift

upliftment, noun


7. enrichment, betterment, enhancement.
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uplift
 
vb
1.  to raise; elevate; lift up
2.  to raise morally, spiritually, culturally, etc
3.  (Scot), (NZ) to collect (a passenger, parcel, etc); pick up
 
n
4.  the act, process, or result of lifting up
5.  the act or process of bettering moral, social or cultural conditions, etc
6.  a.  a brassiere for lifting and supporting the breasts
 b.  (as modifier): an uplift bra
7.  the process or result of land being raised to a higher level, as during a period of mountain building
 
up'lifter
 
n

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uplift
1338, from up + lift (v.).
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