Definition of "lift" []

  • To direct or carry from a lower to a higher position; raise: lift one's eyes; lifted the suitcase. (verb-transitive)
  • To transport by air: The helicopter lifted the entire team to the meet. (verb-transitive)
  • To revoke by taking back; rescind: lifted the embargo. (verb-transitive)
  • To bring an end to (a blockade or siege) by removing forces. (verb-transitive)
  • To cease (artillery fire) in an area. (verb-transitive)
  • To rise or cause to rise upwards from the ground or another support to a higher place (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To move or cause to move upwards (verb)
  • To take hold of in order to carry or remove (verb)
  • To raise in status, spirituality, estimation, etc (verb)
  • To revoke or rescind (verb)
  • To make or become audible or louder (verb)
  • To take (plants or underground crops) out of the ground for transplanting or harvesting (verb)
  • To disappear by lifting or as if by lifting (verb)
  • To transport in a vehicle (verb)
  • To take unlawfully or dishonourably; steal (verb)
  • To make dishonest use of (another person's idea, writing, etc); plagiarize (verb)
  • To arrest (verb)
  • To perform a face-lift on (verb)
  • To pay off (a mortgage, etc) (verb)
  • The act or an instance of lifting (noun)
  • The power or force available or used for lifting (noun)
  • A platform, compartment, or cage raised or lowered in a vertical shaft to transport persons or goods in a building (noun)
  • The distance or degree to which something is lifted (noun)
  • A usually free ride as a passenger in a car or other vehicle (noun)
  • A rise in the height of the ground (noun)
  • A rise in morale or feeling of cheerfulness usually caused by some specific thing or event (noun)
  • The force required to lift an object (noun)
  • A layer of the heel of a shoe, etc, or a detachable pad inside the shoe to give the wearer added height (noun)
  • Aid; help (noun)
  • The thickness of ore extracted in one operation (noun)
  • A set of pumps used in a mine (noun)
  • The component of the aerodynamic forces acting on a wing, etc, at right angles to the airflow (noun)
  • The upward force exerted by the gas in a balloon, airship, etc (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "lift" in a sentence
  • "_Dip and lift, dip and lift_, through an infinity of time and torture and travail, till even the line dimmed and faded and the struggle lost its meaning."
  • "_Dip and lift, dip and lift_, till sky and earth and river were blotted out, and consciousness dwindled to a thin line, -- a streak of foam, fringed on the one hand with sneering rock, on the other with snarling water."
  • "_Dip and lift, dip and lift_, the paddles worked with rhythmic strength."