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uplift

[v. uhp-lift; n. uhp-lift] /v. ʌpˈlɪft; n. ˈʌpˌlɪft/
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 of uplift
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English upliften. See up-, lift
Related forms
upliftment, noun
Synonyms
7. enrichment, betterment, enhancement.
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  • The better American has continually been seeking to "uplift" himself, his neighbors, and his compatriots.

    The Promise Of American Life Herbert David Croly
  • She had gone home with a feeling of uplift and exultation in her heart.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Men of education and decency ask, and ask seriously, if it is really possible to uplift Africa.

    Darkwater W. E. B. Du Bois
  • It was as the signal to uplift the curtain and let my play-acting commence.

    The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini
  • He could only lay his hand gently on the suppliants head, and uplift his eyes to heaven in prayer.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
British Dictionary definitions for uplift

uplift

verb (transitive) (ʌpˈlɪft)
1.
to raise; elevate; lift up
2.
to raise morally, spiritually, culturally, etc
3.
(Scot & NZ) to collect (a passenger, parcel, etc); pick up
noun (ˈʌpˌlɪft)
4.
the act, process, or result of lifting up
5.
the act or process of bettering moral, social or cultural conditions, etc
6.
  1. a brassiere for lifting and supporting the breasts
  2. (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
Derived Forms
uplifter, noun
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Word Origin and History for uplift
v.

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

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