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[v. uhp-lift; n. uhp-lift] /v. ʌpˈlɪft; n. ˈʌpˌlɪft/
verb (used with object)
to lift up; raise; elevate.
to improve socially, culturally, morally, or the like:
to uplift downtrodden and deprived peoples.
to exalt emotionally or spiritually.
verb (used without object)
to become uplifted.
an act of lifting up or raising; elevation.
the process or work of improving, as socially, intellectually, or morally.
emotional or spiritual exaltation.
a brassiere.
Geology. an upheaval.
1300-50; Middle English upliften. See up-, lift
Related forms
upliftment, noun
7. enrichment, betterment, enhancement. Unabridged
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  • And hopefully also characters that uplift and inspire you.
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  • In the uplift area, researchers found dried algae and mollusks on dry land that had previously been submerged in the tidal area.
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  • The uplift is caused by the slow collision of tectonic plates.
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  • We don't honor and support and uplift our heroes when they're alive.
British Dictionary definitions for uplift


verb (transitive) (ʌpˈlɪft)
to raise; elevate; lift up
to raise morally, spiritually, culturally, etc
(Scot & NZ) to collect (a passenger, parcel, etc); pick up
noun (ˈʌpˌlɪft)
the act, process, or result of lifting up
the act or process of bettering moral, social or cultural conditions, etc
  1. a brassiere for lifting and supporting the breasts
  2. (as modifier): an uplift bra
the process or result of land being raised to a higher level, as during a period of mountain building
Derived Forms
uplifter, noun
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Word Origin and History for uplift

mid-14c., from up + lift (v.). Related: Uplifted; uplifting.

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Encyclopedia Article for uplift

in geology, vertical elevation of the Earth's surface in response to natural causes. Broad, relatively slow and gentle uplift is termed warping, or epeirogeny, in contrast to the more concentrated and severe orogeny, the uplift associated with earthquakes and mountain building. Uplift of the Earth's surface also has occurred in response to the removal of Pleistocene ice sheets through melting and wastage. Such elastic rebound is both measurable and ongoing in southern Canada and in the general Scandinavian area today.

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