Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

What is the origin of "February"?

uplifting

[uhp-lif-ting] /ʌpˈlɪf tɪŋ/
adjective
1.
inspirational; offering or providing hope, encouragement, salvation, etc.:
an uplifting sermon.
Origin of uplifting
1810-1820
1810-20; uplift + -ing2

uplift

[verb uhp-lift; noun uhp-lift] /verb ʌpˈlɪft; noun 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
1300-50; Middle English upliften. See up-, lift
Related forms
upliftment, noun
Synonyms
7. enrichment, betterment, enhancement.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for uplifting
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Art for art's sake, just that and nothing more, was welded and fused with something new and uplifting.

    The Socialist Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • After all, what is education in the finest sense, but the uplifting of the masses?

    Tutors' Lane Wilmarth Lewis
  • The street was solitary and full of the sound of the blown trees, wild and uplifting.

    The Imperialist (a.k.a. Mrs. Everard Cotes) Sara Jeannette Duncan
  • There was not much diversion of an uplifting sort in Medora that June of 1884.

  • The moment we enter such a place we feel its soothing, reassuring, uplifting atmosphere.

    The Victorious Attitude Orison Swett Marden
British Dictionary definitions for uplifting

uplifting

/ʌpˈlɪftɪŋ/
adjective
1.
acting to raise moral, spiritual, cultural, etc levels

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for uplifting

uplift

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for uplifting

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for uplifting

15
20
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for uplifting