A mother lifts her child into the air.
- The definition of a lift is something used to pick something else up.
An example of lift is an elevator.
- Lift is defined as to bring something up, raise or to end a mandated activity.
- 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.
- 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
- to take an imprint of (a fingerprint) from a surface
- Informal to remove from its proper place; esp., to plagiarize: to lift a passage from another writer
- Informal to steal
- to reduce the sagging of (the face, breasts, etc.) by means of cosmetic surgery
- 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 of liftMiddle English liften from Old Norse lypta from lopt, air, akin to Old English lyft, German luft, Dutch 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.
- Informal 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.,
- a layer as of leather placed inside a shoe to increase the wearer's height
- Brit. elevator
- any of various devices used to transport people up or down a slope: a ski lift
- a device for lifting an automobile for repairs
- Aeron. the component of total air force acting on a body, as on an airfoil or wing, that is perpendicular to the direction of flight and exerted, normally, in an upward direction
- Mining a set of pumps in a mine
lift up one's voice
Origin of liftas in Isa. 24:14, 52:8, Luke 17:12, etc.Literary to raise the voice, now, esp., as in song or in jubilation, praise, etc.
verblift·ed, lift·ing, lifts
- 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: work that lifted her in the eyes of her colleagues.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 organized effort or a flight transporting supplies or people by airplane; an airlift.
- 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 of liftMiddle English liften from Old Norse lypta
(usually uncountable, plural lifts)
From Middle English lifte, lÃ¼fte, lefte (“air, sky, heaven"), from Old English lyft (“atmosphere, air"), from Proto-Germanic *luftuz, *luftÄ… (“roof, sky, air"), from Proto-Indo-European *lewp- (“to peel, break off, damage"). Cognate with Old High German luft (German Luft, “air"), Dutch lucht (“air"), Old Norse lopt (loft, “upper room, sky, air"). More at loft.
(third-person singular simple present lifts, present participle lifting, simple past and past participle lifted)
- (intransitive) To raise or rise.
- The fog eventually lifted, leaving the streets clear.
- You never lift a finger to help me!
- (slang) To steal.
- To remove (a ban, restriction, etc.).
- To alleviate, to lighten (pressure, tension, stress, etc.)
- to cause to move upwards.
- (informal) To lift weights; to weight-lift.
- She can lift twice her bodyweight.
- To try to raise something; to exert the strength for raising or bearing.
- To elevate or improve in rank, condition, etc.; often with up.
- To collect, as moneys due; to raise.
- An act of lifting or raising.
- The act of transporting someone in a vehicle; a ride; a trip.
- He gave me a lift to the bus station.
- (UK, Australia, New Zealand) Mechanical device for vertically transporting goods or people between floors in a building; an elevator.
- Take the lift to the fourth floor.
- An upward force, such as the force that keeps aircraft aloft.
- (measurement) the difference in elevation between the upper pool and lower pool of a waterway, separated by lock.
- (historical slang) A thief.
- (dance) The lifting of a dance partner into the air.
- Permanent construction with a built-in platform that is lifted vertically.
- an improvement in mood
- The space or distance through which anything is lifted.
- A rise; a degree of elevation.
- the lift of a lock in canals
- A lift gate.
- (nautical) A rope leading from the masthead to the extremity of a yard below, and used for raising or supporting the end of the yard.
- (engineering) One of the steps of a cone pulley.
- (shoemaking) A layer of leather in the heel of a shoe.
- (horology) That portion of the vibration of a balance during which the impulse is given.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
From Middle English liften, lyften, from Old Norse lypta (“to lift, air", literally “to raise in the air"), from Proto-Germanic *luftijanÄ… (“to raise in the air"), from Proto-Indo-European *leup- (“to peel, break off, damage"). Cognate with Danish lÃ¸fte (“to lift"), Swedish lyfta (“to lift"), German lÃ¼ften (“to air, lift"), Old English lyft (“air"). See above.