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uplifting

[uhp-lif-ting] /ʌpˈlɪf tɪŋ/
adjective
1.
inspirational; offering or providing hope, encouragement, salvation, etc.:
an uplifting sermon.
Origin
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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  • Even perfect strangers three degrees of separation away-friends of friends of friends-exerted a significant uplifting influence.
  • As uplifting as this appraisal may have been, subsequent events would soon show that it was overly optimistic.
  • It is really an uplifting form of philosophical indifference.
  • These are not unlike the rationalizations of hostages, who try to occupy the endless stream of days with uplifting activity.
  • Anniversaries are uplifting when you have something to celebrate.
  • It might have been easier to deliver an uplifting, celebratory speech.
  • His basic message is encouraging and uplifting: people know much more about music than they think.
  • Official figures, it has to be said, paint a more uplifting picture.
  • Unfortunately, the guts of the report aren't much more uplifting.
  • Recently, that image has been more troubling than uplifting.
British Dictionary definitions for uplifting

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

uplifting

/ʌpˈlɪftɪŋ/
adjective
1.
acting to raise moral, spiritual, cultural, etc levels
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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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Encyclopedia Article for uplifting

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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