Lift is defined as to bring something up, raise or to end a mandated activity.verb
- An example of lift is to pick a child off of the floor.
- An example of lift is to cancel a debt and the need to make a monthly payment.
The definition of a lift is something used to pick something else up.noun
An example of lift is an elevator.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- to bring up to a higher position; raise
- to pick up and move or set: lift the box down from the shelf
- to hold up; support high in the air
- to raise in rank, condition, dignity, spirits, etc.; bring to a higher level; elevate; exalt
- to pay off (a mortgage, debt, etc.)
- to end (a blockade, siege, etc.) by withdrawing forces
- to revoke or rescind (a ban or order)
- to loosen and remove (bulbs, seedlings, or root crops) from the soil
- Informal to remove from its proper place; esp., to plagiarize: to lift a passage from another writer
- Slang to steal
- to subject to a face-lift
- to transport, esp. by aircraft
- Golf to pick (a ball) up, as from an unplayable position
- Mil. to change the direction of or cease (fire)
Origin: ME liften < ON lypta < lopt, air, akin to OE lyft, Ger luft, Du lucht
- to exert strength in raising or trying to raise something
- to rise and vanish; be dispelled: the fog lifted
- to become raised or elevated; go up
- to stop for a time
- a lifting, raising, or rising; upward movement
- the amount lifted at one time
- the distance through which something is lifted
- the extent of rise or elevation
- lifting power or influence
- elevation of spirits or mood
- elevated position or carriage, as of the neck, head, etc.
- a ride in the direction in which one is going
- help of any kind
- a swell or rise in the ground
- the means by which a person or thing is lifted; specif.,
- any layer of leather in the heel of a shoe
- Brit. elevator
- any of various devices used to transport people up or down a slope
- a device for lifting an automobile for repairs
- Aeron. the component of total air force acting on a body, as an airfoil or wing, which is perpendicular to the direction of flight and is exerted, normally, in an upward direction
- Mining a set of pumps in a mine
- lifter noun
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verb lift·ed, lift·ing, lifts verb, transitive
- a. To direct or carry from a lower to a higher position; raise: lift one's eyes; lifted the suitcase.b. To transport by air: The helicopter lifted the entire team to the meet.
- a. To revoke by taking back; rescind: lifted the embargo.b. To bring an end to (a blockade or siege) by removing forces.
- To cease (artillery fire) in an area.
- a. To raise in condition, rank, or esteem.b. To uplift; elate: Your telephone call really lifted my spirits.
- To remove (plants) from the ground for transplanting.
- To project or sound in loud, clear tones: lifted their voices in song.
- Informal To steal; pilfer: A thief lifted my wallet.
- Informal To copy from something already published; plagiarize: lifted whole paragraphs from the encyclopedia.
- To pay off or clear (a debt or mortgage, for example).
- To perform cosmetic surgery on (the face, for example), especially in order to remove wrinkles or sagging skin.
- a. Sports To hit (a golf ball) very high into the air.b. To pick up (a golf ball) to place it in a better lie.c. To shoot or flip (a puck) so that it rises sharply off the ice.
- a. To rise; ascend.b. To yield to upward pressure: These windows lift easily.
- a. To disappear or disperse by or as if by rising: By afternoon the smog had lifted.b. To stop temporarily: The rain lifted by morning.
- To become elevated; soar: Their spirits lifted when help came.
- The act or process of rising or raising to a higher position.
- Power or force available for raising: the lift of a pump.
- An amount or a weight raised or capable of being raised at one time; a load.
- a. The extent or height to which something is raised or rises; the amount of elevation.b. The distance or space through which something is raised or rises.
- A rise or an elevation in the level of the ground.
- An elevation of the spirits: The good news gave us a lift.
- A raised, high, or erect position, as of a part of the body: the lift of his chin.
- A machine or device designed to pick up, raise, or carry something.
- One of the layers of leather, rubber, or other material making up the heel of a shoe.
- Chiefly British A passenger or cargo elevator.
- A ride in a vehicle given to help someone reach a destination: gave my friend a lift into town.
- Assistance or help: gave her a lift with her heavy packages.
- A set of pumps used in a mine.
- The component of the total aerodynamic force acting on an airfoil or on an entire aircraft or winged missile perpendicular to the relative wind and normally exerted in an upward direction, opposing the pull of gravity.
Origin: Middle English liften, from Old Norse lypta.
- liftˈa·ble adjective
- liftˈer noun
lift - Phrases/Idioms
lift up one's voice
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lift - Science Definition
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