What does lift mean?

Definitions for lift

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word lift.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. liftnoun

    the act of giving temporary assistance

  2. aerodynamic lift, liftnoun

    the component of the aerodynamic forces acting on an airfoil that opposes gravity

  3. 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"

  4. lift, risenoun

    a wave that lifts the surface of the water or ground

  5. ski tow, ski lift, liftnoun

    a powered conveyance that carries skiers up a hill

  6. liftnoun

    a device worn in a shoe or boot to make the wearer look taller or to correct a shortened leg

  7. liftnoun

    one of the layers forming the heel of a shoe or boot

  8. elevator, liftnoun

    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

  9. 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"

  10. airlift, liftnoun

    transportation of people or goods by air (especially when other means of access are unavailable)

  11. liftnoun

    a ride in a car

    "he gave me a lift home"

  12. 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"

  13. raise, lift, elevate, get up, bring upverb

    raise from a lower to a higher position

    "Raise your hands"; "Lift a load"

  14. liftverb

    take hold of something and move it to a different location

    "lift the box onto the table"

  15. lift, raiseverb

    move upwards

    "lift one's eyes"

  16. rise, lift, arise, move up, go up, come up, upriseverb

    move upward

    "The fog lifted"; "The smoke arose from the forest fire"; "The mist uprose from the meadows"

  17. liftverb

    make audible

    "He lifted a war whoop"

  18. revoke, annul, lift, countermand, reverse, repeal, overturn, rescind, vacateverb

    cancel officially

    "He revoked the ban on smoking"; "lift an embargo"; "vacate a death sentence"

  19. pilfer, cabbage, purloin, pinch, abstract, snarf, swipe, hook, sneak, filch, nobble, liftverb

    make off with belongings of others

  20. hoist, lift, windverb

    raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help

    "hoist the bicycle onto the roof of the car"

  21. raise, liftverb

    invigorate or heighten

    "lift my spirits"; "lift his ego"

  22. lift, raise, elevateverb

    raise in rank or condition

    "The new law lifted many people from poverty"

  23. liftverb

    take off or away by decreasing

    "lift the pressure"

  24. rise, lift, rearverb

    rise up

    "The building rose before them"

  25. liftverb

    pay off (a mortgage)

  26. plagiarize, plagiarise, liftverb

    take without referencing from someone else's writing or speech; of intellectual property

  27. rustle, liftverb

    take illegally

    "rustle cattle"

  28. airlift, liftverb

    fly people or goods to or from places not accessible by other means

    "Food is airlifted into Bosnia"

  29. liftverb

    take (root crops) out of the ground

    "lift potatoes"

  30. liftverb

    call to stop the hunt or to retire, as of hunting dogs

  31. liftverb

    rise upward, as from pressure or moisture

    "The floor is lifting slowly"

  32. lift, raiseverb

    put an end to

    "lift a ban"; "raise a siege"

  33. liftverb

    remove (hair) by scalping

  34. liftverb

    remove from a seedbed or from a nursery

    "lift the tulip bulbs"

  35. liftverb

    remove from a surface

    "the detective carefully lifted some fingerprints from the table"

  36. face-lift, liftverb

    perform cosmetic surgery on someone's face


  1. Liftnoun

    A brightening of the spirits; encouragement; as, the campaign workers got a lift from the President's endorsement.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Liftnoun

    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.

  2. To Liftverb

    Etymology: lyffta, Swedish; loffter, Danish.

    Filial ingratitude!
    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.

  3. To Liftverb

    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.


  1. Lift

    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.


  1. lift

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Liftnoun

    the sky; the atmosphere; the firmament

  2. Liftverb

    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

  3. Liftverb

    to raise, elevate, exalt, improve, in rank, condition, estimation, character, etc.; -- often with up

  4. Liftverb

    to bear; to support

  5. Liftverb

    to collect, as moneys due; to raise

  6. Liftverb

    to steal; to carry off by theft (esp. cattle); as, to lift a drove of cattle

  7. Liftverb

    to try to raise something; to exert the strength for raising or bearing

  8. Liftverb

    to rise; to become or appear raised or elevated; as, the fog lifts; the land lifts to a ship approaching it

  9. Liftverb

    to live by theft

  10. Liftnoun

    act of lifting; also, that which is lifted

  11. Liftnoun

    the space or distance through which anything is lifted; as, a long lift

  12. Liftnoun

    help; assistance, as by lifting; as, to give one a lift in a wagon

  13. Liftnoun

    that by means of which a person or thing lifts or is lifted

  14. Liftnoun

    a hoisting machine; an elevator; a dumb waiter

  15. Liftnoun

    a handle

  16. Liftnoun

    an exercising machine

  17. Liftnoun

    a rise; a degree of elevation; as, the lift of a lock in canals

  18. Liftnoun

    a lift gate. See Lift gate, below

  19. Liftnoun

    a rope leading from the masthead to the extremity of a yard below; -- used for raising or supporting the end of the yard

  20. Liftnoun

    one of the steps of a cone pulley

  21. Liftnoun

    a layer of leather in the heel

  22. Liftnoun

    that portion of the vibration of a balance during which the impulse is given

  23. Etymology: [See Lift, v. t., 5.]


  1. Lift

    "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

  1. Lift

    lift, n. (Scot.) the air, heavens, sky. [A.S. lyft; Ger. luft, Ice. lopt, Goth. luftus, the air.]

  2. Lift

    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. lyptalopt, the air.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. lift

    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."

Editors Contribution

  1. 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  

  2. liftverb

    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  

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  2. LIFT

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lift' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4008

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lift' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2789

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lift' in Nouns Frequency: #1448

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lift' in Verbs Frequency: #295

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lift in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lift in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of lift in a Sentence

  1. Arnold Bennett:

    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.

  2. Michelle Manhart:

    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.

  3. Ecclesiastes 4910 Bible:

    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.

  4. Alexis karpouzos:

    ''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!

  5. Phil Orlando:

    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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