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Meaning of lift by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • enPR: lĭft, IPA: /lɪft/, X-SAMPA: /lIft/
    • Rhymes: -ɪft

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English lifte, lüfte, lefte ( “air, sky, heaven” ), from Old English lyft ( “atmosphere, air” ), from Proto-Germanic *luftuz, *luftan ( “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 .


    lift ( usually uncountable; plural: lifts )

    1. ( UK dialectal, chiefly Scotland ) Air .
    2. ( UK dialectal, chiefly Scotland ) The sky; the heavens; firmament; atmosphere .

    Etymology 2

    From Middle English liften, lyften, from Old Norse lypta ( “to lift, air”, literally “to raise in the air” ), from Proto-Germanic *luftijanan ( “to raise in the air” ), from Proto-Indo-European *leup- ( “to peel, break off, damage” ). Cognate with Danish løfte ( “to lift” ), Swedish lyfta ( “to lift” ), German lüften ( “to air, lift” ), Old English lyft ( “air” ). See above .


    lift ( third-person singular simple present lifts present participle lifting, simple past and past participle lifted )

    1. ( transitive, intransitive ) To raise.
    2. ( transitive, slang ) To steal.
    3. ( transitive ) To remove ( a ban, restriction, etc. ) .
    4. ( transitive ) To alleviate, to lighten ( pressure, tension, stress, etc. )
    5. ( transitive ) to cause to move upwards.
    Derived terms
    • lift-off


    lift ( plural: lifts )

    1. An act of lifting or raising .
    2. The act of transporting someone in a vehicle; a ride; a trip .
      He gave me a lift to the bus station .
    3. ( Australian, New Zealand, UK ) Mechanical device for vertically transporting goods or people between floors in a building; an elevator .
      Take the lift to the fourth floor .
    4. An upward force, such as the force that keeps aircraft aloft .
    5. ( measurement ) the difference in elevation between the upper pool and lower pool of a waterway, separated by lock .
    6. ( historical slang ) A thief.
    7. ( dance ) The lifting of a dance partner into the air .
    8. Permanent construction with a built-in platform that is lifted vertically .
    See also


    • flit

Explanation of lift by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. perform cosmetic surgery on someone's face

    2. remove from a surface

    3. the detective carefully lifted some fingerprints from the table
    4. take off or away by decreasing

    5. lift the pressure
    6. remove from a seedbed or from a nursery

    7. lift the tulip bulbs
    8. remove ( hair ) by scalping

    9. put an end to

    10. lift a ban
    11. rise upward, as from pressure or moisture

    12. The floor is lifting slowly
    13. raise in rank or condition

    14. The new law lifted many people from poverty
    15. invigorate or heighten

    16. lift my spirits
      lift his ego
    17. call to stop the hunt or to retire, as of hunting dogs

    18. cancel officially

    19. lift an embargo
    20. make audible

    21. He lifted a war whoop
    22. take ( root crops ) out of the ground

    23. lift potatoes
    24. fly people or goods to or from places not accessible by other means

    25. Food is airlifted into Bosnia
    26. raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help

    27. take hold of something and move it to a different location

    28. lift the box onto the table
    29. move upward

    30. The fog lifted
    31. move upwards

    32. lift one's eyes
    33. raise from a lower to a higher position

    34. Lift a load
    35. make off with belongings of others

    36. take illegally

    37. take without referencing from someone else's writing or speech

    38. pay off ( a mortgage )

    39. rise up

    1. the act of raising something

    2. he responded with a lift of his eyebrow
    3. a ride in a car

    4. he gave me a lift home
    5. transportation of people or goods by air ( especially when other means of access are unavailable )

    6. plastic surgery to remove wrinkles and other signs of aging from your face

    7. some actresses have more than one face lift
    8. the act of giving temporary assistance

    9. 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

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

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

    12. a powered conveyance that carries skiers up a hill

    13. a wave that lifts the surface of the water or ground

    14. the event of something being raised upward

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