Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of giving temporary assistance
  2. (noun, phenomenon) the component of the aerodynamic forces acting on an airfoil that opposes gravity
  3. (noun, event) the event of something being raised upward
    a raising of the land resulting from volcanic activity
  4. (noun, event) a wave that lifts the surface of the water or ground
  5. (noun, artifact) a powered conveyance that carries skiers up a hill
  6. (noun, artifact) a device worn in a shoe or boot to make the wearer look taller or to correct a shortened leg
  7. (noun, artifact) one of the layers forming the heel of a shoe or boot
  8. (noun, artifact) 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. (noun, act) 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
  10. (noun, act) transportation of people or goods by air (especially when other means of access are unavailable)
  11. (noun, act) a ride in a car
  12. (noun, act) the act of raising something
    fireman learn several different raises for getting ladders up
  13. (verb, motion) raise from a lower to a higher position
    Lift a load
  14. (verb, contact) take hold of something and move it to a different location
  15. (verb, motion) move upwards
  16. (verb, motion) move upward
    The smoke arose from the forest fire
    The mist uprose from the meadows
  17. (verb, communication) make audible
  18. (verb, communication) cancel officially
    lift an embargo
    vacate a death sentence
  19. (verb, possession) make off with belongings of others
  20. (verb, contact) raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help
  21. (verb, change) invigorate or heighten
    lift his ego
  22. (verb, change) raise in rank or condition
  23. (verb, change) take off or away by decreasing
  24. (verb, stative) rise up
  25. (verb, possession) pay off (a mortgage)
  26. (verb, possession) take without referencing from someone else's writing or speech; of intellectual property
  27. (verb, possession) take illegally
  28. (verb, contact) fly people or goods to or from places not accessible by other means
  29. (verb, contact) take (root crops) out of the ground
  30. (verb, communication) call to stop the hunt or to retire, as of hunting dogs
  31. (verb, change) rise upward, as from pressure or moisture
  32. (verb, change) put an end to
    raise a siege
  33. (verb, change) remove (hair) by scalping
  34. (verb, change) remove from a seedbed or from a nursery
  35. (verb, change) remove from a surface
  36. (verb, body) perform cosmetic surgery on someone's face

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Lift

  1. c.1200, from O.N. lypta "to raise," from P.Gmc. *luftijan (cf. M.L.G. l?chten, Du. lichten, Ger. l?ften "to lift;" O.E. lyft "heaven, air," see loft). The meaning "steal" (as in shop-lift) is first recorded 1520s. Noun meaning "cheering influence" is from 1861; sense of "elevator" first recorded 1851. Meaning "help given to a ped… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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