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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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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Example sentences
And hopefully also characters that uplift and inspire you.
It's also a great opportunity to talk about the power of words and labels and
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He recognized the power of design to uplift the human spirit and differentiate
  his commercial offering from others.
Also, at this point, the profits are no longer used to uplift the people and
  community.
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