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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

[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
1300-50; Middle English upliften. See up-, lift
Related forms
upliftment, noun
Synonyms
7. enrichment, betterment, enhancement.
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  • 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
  • The thoughts might be uplifting to Almena, but they did not elevate my spirits.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • 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
  • His recollections of city calm and coolness were not uplifting in this emergency.

    Janet of the Dunes Harriet T. Comstock
  • 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
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Word Origin and History for uplifting

uplift

v.

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

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