Definitions for lift
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word lift.
the act of giving temporary assistance
aerodynamic lift, liftnoun
the component of the aerodynamic forces acting on an airfoil that opposes gravity
elevation, lift, raisingnoun
the event of something being raised upward
"an elevation of the temperature in the afternoon"; "a raising of the land resulting from volcanic activity"
a wave that lifts the surface of the water or ground
ski tow, ski lift, liftnoun
a powered conveyance that carries skiers up a hill
a device worn in a shoe or boot to make the wearer look taller or to correct a shortened leg
one of the layers forming the heel of a shoe or boot
lifting device consisting of a platform or cage that is raised and lowered mechanically in a vertical shaft in order to move people from one floor to another in a building
face lift, facelift, lift, face lifting, cosmetic surgery, rhytidectomy, rhytidoplasty, nip and tucknoun
plastic surgery to remove wrinkles and other signs of aging from your face; an incision is made near the hair line and skin is pulled back and excess tissue is excised
"some actresses have more than one face lift"
transportation of people or goods by air (especially when other means of access are unavailable)
a ride in a car
"he gave me a lift home"
lift, raise, heaveverb
the act of raising something
"he responded with a lift of his eyebrow"; "fireman learn several different raises for getting ladders up"
raise, lift, elevate, get up, bring upverb
raise from a lower to a higher position
"Raise your hands"; "Lift a load"
take hold of something and move it to a different location
"lift the box onto the table"
"lift one's eyes"
rise, lift, arise, move up, go up, come up, upriseverb
"The fog lifted"; "The smoke arose from the forest fire"; "The mist uprose from the meadows"
"He lifted a war whoop"
revoke, annul, lift, countermand, reverse, repeal, overturn, rescind, vacateverb
"He revoked the ban on smoking"; "lift an embargo"; "vacate a death sentence"
pilfer, cabbage, purloin, pinch, abstract, snarf, swipe, hook, sneak, filch, nobble, liftverb
make off with belongings of others
hoist, lift, windverb
raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help
"hoist the bicycle onto the roof of the car"
invigorate or heighten
"lift my spirits"; "lift his ego"
lift, raise, elevateverb
raise in rank or condition
"The new law lifted many people from poverty"
take off or away by decreasing
"lift the pressure"
rise, lift, rearverb
"The building rose before them"
pay off (a mortgage)
plagiarize, plagiarise, liftverb
take without referencing from someone else's writing or speech; of intellectual property
fly people or goods to or from places not accessible by other means
"Food is airlifted into Bosnia"
take (root crops) out of the ground
call to stop the hunt or to retire, as of hunting dogs
rise upward, as from pressure or moisture
"The floor is lifting slowly"
put an end to
"lift a ban"; "raise a siege"
remove (hair) by scalping
remove from a seedbed or from a nursery
"lift the tulip bulbs"
remove from a surface
"the detective carefully lifted some fingerprints from the table"
perform cosmetic surgery on someone's face
A brightening of the spirits; encouragement; as, the campaign workers got a lift from the President's endorsement.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from the verb.
In the lift of the feet, when a man goeth up the hill, the weight of the body beareth most upon the knees. Francis Bacon.
In races, it is not the large stride, or high lift, that makes the speed. Francis Bacon, Essays.
The goat gives the fox a lift, and out he springs. Roger L'Estrange.
Myself and Trulla made a shift
To help him out at a dead lift. Hudibras, p. i.
Mr. Doctor had puzzled his brains
In making a ballad, but was at a stand.
For you freely must own, you were at a dead lift. Jonathan Swift.
Etymology: lyffta, Swedish; loffter, Danish.
Is it not as this mouth should tear this hand
For lifting food to’t. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
Your guests are coming;
Lift up your countenance, as ’twere the day
Of celebration of that nuptial. William Shakespeare, Winter Tale.
Propp’d by the spring, it lifts aloft the head,
But of a sickly beauty soon to shed,
In summer living, and in winter dead. Dryden.
So down he fell, that th’ earth him underneath
Did groan, as feeble so great load to lift. Fairy Queen.
So weary bees in little cells repose,
But if night robbers lift the well-stor’d hive,
An humming through their waxen city grows. Dryden.
My heart was lift up in the ways of the Lord. 2 Chron.
Of Orpheus now no more let poets tell,
To bright Cæcilia greater pow’r is given,
His numbers rais’d a shade from hell,
Hers lift the soul to heav’n. Alexander Pope, St. Cæcilia.
The eye of the Lord lifted up his head from misery. Ecclus.
Neither can it be thought, because some lessons are chosen out of the Apocrypha, that we do offer disgrace to the word of God, or lift up the writings of men above it. Richard Hooker.
See to what a godlike height
The Roman virtues lift up mortal man. Joseph Addison, Cato.
Lifted up with pride. Tim. iii. 6.
Our successes have been great, and our hearts have been too much lifted up by them, so that we have reason to humble ourselves. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.
He lift up his spear against eight hundred, whom he slew at one time. 2 Sam. xxiii. 8.
Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand. Genesis.
To strive to raise by strength.
Pinch cattle of pasture while summer doth last,
And lift at their tailes ’yer a winter be past. Thomas Tusser, Husb.
The mind, by being engaged in a task beyond its strength, like the body strained by lifting at a weight too heavy, has often its force broken. John Locke.
Lift is a song by the Finnish rock band Poets of the Fall. It is the second single released from their debut album, Signs of Life. The song was released in Finland on 9 September, 2004. The song reached #8 on the Finnish Top 40 and stayed there for 11 consecutive weeks. It contains two versions of the title track, as well as the B-side, The Beautiful Ones. Markus Kaarlonen produced a dance remix of the song, entitled Lift (Dramadance Remix). It is only available for download (as an MP3 or WAV file) on a secret page of the band's official website which can be accessed by the special login and password from the Signs of Life album booklet.
Lift is a term that can have different definitions depending on the context in which it's used. In general, it refers to the force that directly opposes the weight of an object or individual and helps them rise from the ground or move upward. This term is commonly used in fields like aeronautics and fluid dynamics. Additionally, in the context of fitness and body-building, 'lift' can refer to the act of raising or moving a heavy object. In marketing, 'lift' refers to the measurable increase in a key business metric as a result of a specific campaign. Therefore, the general definition of 'lift' must specify the context.
the sky; the atmosphere; the firmament
to move in a direction opposite to that of gravitation; to raise; to elevate; to bring up from a lower place to a higher; to upheave; sometimes implying a continued support or holding in the higher place; -- said of material things; as, to lift the foot or the hand; to lift a chair or a burden
to raise, elevate, exalt, improve, in rank, condition, estimation, character, etc.; -- often with up
to bear; to support
to collect, as moneys due; to raise
to steal; to carry off by theft (esp. cattle); as, to lift a drove of cattle
to try to raise something; to exert the strength for raising or bearing
to rise; to become or appear raised or elevated; as, the fog lifts; the land lifts to a ship approaching it
to live by theft
act of lifting; also, that which is lifted
the space or distance through which anything is lifted; as, a long lift
help; assistance, as by lifting; as, to give one a lift in a wagon
that by means of which a person or thing lifts or is lifted
a hoisting machine; an elevator; a dumb waiter
an exercising machine
a rise; a degree of elevation; as, the lift of a lock in canals
a lift gate. See Lift gate, below
a rope leading from the masthead to the extremity of a yard below; -- used for raising or supporting the end of the yard
one of the steps of a cone pulley
a layer of leather in the heel
that portion of the vibration of a balance during which the impulse is given
Etymology: [See Lift, v. t., 5.]
"Lift" is a song by the Finnish rock band Poets of the Fall. It is the second single released from their debut album, Signs of Life. The song was released in Finland on 9 September, 2004. The song reached #8 on the Finnish Top 40 and stayed there for 11 consecutive weeks. It contains two versions of the title track, as well as the B-side, The Beautiful Ones. Markus Kaarlonen produced a dance remix of the song, entitled Lift. It is only available for download on a secret page of the band's official website which can be accessed by the special login and password from the Signs of Life album booklet.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
lift, n. (Scot.) the air, heavens, sky. [A.S. lyft; Ger. luft, Ice. lopt, Goth. luftus, the air.]
lift, v.t. to bring to a higher position: to elevate or keep elevated: to elate: to take and carry away: (obs.) to bear, support: (slang) to arrest: to steal.—v.i. to rise: to try to rise.—n. act of lifting: that which is to be raised: that which assists to lift: a hoisting-machine: advancement.—adj. Lift′able.—ns. Lift′er, one who, or that which, lifts: (Shak.) a thief; Lift′ing-bridge, a drawbridge raised so as to allow ships to pass; Lift′-pump, any pump which is not a force-pump.—Lift the hand, to raise it in hostility; Lift up the eyes, to look, direct one's eyes, or thoughts, to; Lift up the face, to look upward, as in supplication; Lift up the hand, to make oath, swear: to pray; Lift up the head, to rejoice, exult; Lift up the voice, to cry loudly.—Dead lift (see Dead). [Ice. lypta—lopt, the air.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
A term applied to the sails when the wind catches them on the leeches and causes them to ruffle slightly. Also implies help in work in hand, as "give us a lift."
A type of device created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.
The lift at the staircase was needed for people with prams and buggies.
Submitted by MaryC on February 2, 2020
To raise or rise. [synonym of hold/carry]
I lifted my trophy on stage to everybody that clapped and squealed with happiness.
Submitted by zakaria1409 on August 11, 2022
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'lift' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4008
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'lift' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2789
Rank popularity for the word 'lift' in Nouns Frequency: #1448
Rank popularity for the word 'lift' in Verbs Frequency: #295
The numerical value of lift in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of lift in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
The best cure for worry, depression, melancholy, brooding, is to go deliberately forth and try to lift with one's sympathy the gloom of somebody else.
I hope they lift the ban because I do support the college, i always have and I will continue to support the college. And I hope that once things calm down maybe they’ll reconsider and lift that ban off of me.
Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help lift him up.
''God, why give Wings for the angels, but feet for people? . ''You were born to dream, you were born to love''. ''Give me wine. Give me bread, Lift me higher! Lift me higher! From this sphere of earthly dross, redeem me from the clay!
The knee-jerk reaction on the Fed lift-off is negative, we think the Fed lift-off is a positive for the economy and stocks, because it means the Fed is rubber-stamping the fact they truly believe the economy is strong enough.
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- hysbak, steel, oplig, saamrygeleentheidAfrikaans
- ліфт, падняць, паднімацьBelarusian
- alçar, ascensorCatalan, Valencian
- výtah, zvednout, zdvihnoutCzech
- elevator, hæve, kørelejlighed, ophæve, løft, løfte, stjæle, liftDanish
- klauen, heben, Mitfahrgelegenheit, Fahrstuhl, Aufzug, Lift, stehlen, anheben, AuftriebGerman
- ασανσέρ, ανελκυστήραςGreek
- levi, liftoEsperanto
- elevador, subir, levantar, aventón, afanar, ascensorSpanish
- kyyti, hissi, nostaa, nosto, noste, nostinFinnish
- voler, ascenseur, lift, portance, piquer, leverFrench
- ardaitheoir, tógIrish
- tog, togail, lioftScottish Gaelic
- उत्थापक, लिफ़्ट, उच्चालित्र, लिफ्टHindi
- személyfelvonó, emel, felvonó, liftHungarian
- levar, acensiloIdo
- passaggio, levare, alzare, ascensoreItalian
- 車に乗せてやること, リフト, 昇降機, エレベーターJapanese
- ಎತ್ತುಗ, ಏರಿಳಿಯಂತ್ರKannada
- 승강기, 昇降機, 엘리베이터Korean
- ລິບ, ລິຟ, ຂັ້ນໄດໄຟຟ້າLao
- lifts, celtLatvian
- дига, лифт, крева, одвезување, префрлањеMacedonian
- цахилгаан шат, өргөдөг шатMongolian
- lif, angkatMalay
- lift, stelen, opheffenDutch
- skyss, heve, løft, heis, loppe, løfteNorwegian
- лифтOssetian, Ossetic
- winda, podwiezieniePolish
- carona, roubar, alçar, sustentação, elevar, chutar, ascensor, abafar, levantar, elevador, erguerPortuguese
- lift, ridica, ascensorRomanian
- лифт, поднимать, элеватор, поднять, подвозRussian
- lift, лифт, dizalo, дизалоSerbo-Croatian
- ආරෝහකයSinhala, Sinhalese
- výťah, zodvihnúť, zdvihnúť, liftSlovak
- lefite, phahamisa, utswaSouthern Sotho
- lyfta, skjuts, snatta, lyft, hissSwedish
- kipandishi, elevetaSwahili
- மின்தூக்கி, உயர்த்திTamil
- otostop, hırsızlık yapmak, çalmak, yürütmek, yükseltmek, asansörTurkish
- лифт, күтәргечTatar
- لىفتUyghur, Uighur
- thang máyVietnamese
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