Definitions for: Lift


[n] the act of giving temporary assistance
[n] the act of raising something; "he responded with a lift of his eyebrow"; "fireman learn several different raises for getting ladders up"
[n] a ride in a car; "he gave me a lift home"
[n] transportation of people or goods by air (especially when other means of access are unavailable)
[n] 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"
[n] 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
[n] one of the layers forming the heel of a shoe or boot
[n] a device worn in a shoe or boot to make the wearer look taller or to correct a shortened leg
[n] a powered conveyance that carries skiers up a hill
[n] a wave that lifts the surface of the water or ground
[n] the event of something being raised upward; "an elevation of the temperature in the afternoon"; "a raising of the land resulting from volcanic activity"
[n] the component of the aerodynamic forces acting on an airfoil that opposes gravity
[v] perform cosmetic surgery on someone's face
[v] remove from a surface, of fingerprints
[v] take off or away by decreasing; "lift the pressure"
[v] remove from a seedbed or form a nursery, as of bulbs
[v] remove by scalping, of hair
[v] put an end to, as of a siege or a blockade; "lift a ban"; "raise a siege"
[v] rise upward, as from pressure or moisture; "The floor is lifting slowly"
[v] raise in rank or condition; "The new law lifted many people from poverty"
[v] invigorate or heighten; "lift my spirits"; "lift his ego"
[v] call to stop the hunt or to retire, as of hunting dogs
[v] annul by recalling or rescinding; "He revoked the ban on smoking"; "lift an embargo"; "vacate a death sentence"
[v] make audible; "He lifted a war whoop"
[v] fly people or goods to or from places not accessible by other means; "Food is airlifted into Bosnia"
[v] take out of the ground, of root crops; "lift potatoes"
[v] raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help; "hoist the bicycle onto the roof of the car"
[v] take hold of something and move it to a different location; "lift the box onto the table"
[v] move upward; "The fog lifted"; "The smoke arose from the forest fire"; "The mist uprose from the meadows"
[v] move upwards; "lift one's eyes"
[v] raise from a lower to a higher position; "Raise your hands"; "Lift a load"
[v] make off with belongings of others
[v] take illegally, as of cattle
[v] take without referencing from someone else's writing or speech; of intellectual property
[v] pay off; as of mortgages
[v] rise up; "The building rose before them"



Webster (1913) Definition: Lift (l[i^]ft), n. [AS. lyft air. See Loft.]
The sky; the atmosphere; the firmament. [Obs. or Scot.]


Lift (l[i^]ft), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lifted; p. pr. &
vb. n. Lifting.] [Icel. lypta, fr. lopt air; akin to Sw.
lyfta to lift, Dan. l["o]fte, G. l["u]ften; -- prop., to
raise into the air. See Loft, and cf. 1st Lift.]
1. 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.



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

The Roman virtues lift up mortal man. --Addison.

Lest, being lifted up with pride. --1 Tim. iii.
6.

3. To bear; to support. [Obs.] --Spenser.

4. To collect, as moneys due; to raise.

5. [Perh. a different word, and akin to Goth. hliftus thief,
hlifan to steal, L. clepere, Gr. kle`ptein. Cf.
Shoplifter.] To steal; to carry off by theft (esp.
cattle); as, to lift a drove of cattle.

Note: In old writers, lift is sometimes used for lifted.

He ne'er lift up his hand but conquered. --Shak.

To lift up, to raise or elevate; in the Scriptures,
specifically, to elevate upon the cross. --John viii. 28.

To lift up the eyes. To look up; to raise the eyes, as in
prayer. --Ps. cxxi. 1.

To lift up the feet, to come speedily to one's relief.
--Ps. lxxiv. 3.

To lift up the hand.
(a) To take an oath. --Gen. xiv. 22.
(b) To pray. --Ps. xxviii. 2.
(c) To engage in duty. --Heb. xii. 12.

To lift up the hand against, to rebel against; to assault;
to attack; to injure; to oppress. --Job xxxi. 21.

To lift up one's head, to cause one to be exalted or to
rejoice. --Gen. xl. 13. --Luke xxi. 28.

To lift up the heel against, to treat with insolence or
unkindness. --John xiii.18.

To lift up the voice, to cry aloud; to call out. --Gen.
xxi. 16.


Lift (l[i^]ft), v. i.
1. To try to raise something; to exert the strength for
raising or bearing.

Strained by lifting at a weight too heavy. --Locke.

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

3. [See Lift, v. t., 5.] To live by theft. --Spenser.


Lift, n.
1. Act of lifting; also, that which is lifted.

2. The space or distance through which anything is lifted;
as, a long lift. --Bacon.

3. Help; assistance, as by lifting; as, to give one a lift in
a wagon. [Colloq.]

The goat gives the fox a lift. --L'Estrange.



4. That by means of which a person or thing lifts or is
lifted; as:
(a) A hoisting machine; an elevator; a dumb waiter.
(b) A handle.
(c) An exercising machine.

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

6. A lift gate. See Lift gate, below. [Prov. Eng.]

7. (Naut.) A rope leading from the masthead to the extremity
of a yard below; -- used for raising or supporting the end
of the yard.

8. (Mach.) One of the steps of a cone pulley.

9. (Shoemaking) A layer of leather in the heel.

10. (Horology) That portion of the vibration of a balance
during which the impulse is given. --Saunier.

Dead lift. See under Dead. --Swift.

Lift bridge, a kind of drawbridge, the movable part of
which is lifted, instead of being drawn aside.

Lift gate, a gate that is opened by lifting.

Lift hammer. See Tilt hammer.

Lift lock, a canal lock.

Lift pump, a lifting pump.

Lift tenter (Windmills), a governor for regulating the
speed by adjusting the sails, or for adjusting the action
of grinding machinery according to the speed.

Lift wall (Canal Lock), the cross wall at the head of the
lock.

Synonyms: abstract, aerodynamic lift, airlift, airlift, annul, arise, bring up, cabbage, come up, countermand, elevate, elevate, elevation, elevator, face lift, face lifting, facelift, face-lift, filch, get up, go up, heave, hoist, hook, move up, nobble, overturn, pilfer, pinch, plagiarise, plagiarize, purloin, raise, raise, raise, raising, rear, repeal, rescind, reverse, revoke, rhytidectomy, rhytidoplasty, rise, rise, rise, rustle, ski lift, ski tow, snarf, sneak, swipe, uprise, vacate, wind

Antonyms: bring down, come down, descend, fall, get down, go down, let down, lower, take down

See Also: actuation, aerodynamic force, aid, alter, ameliorate, amend, anaplasty, appear, ascend, ascension, ascent, assist, assistance, Berlin airlift, better, boost, bring up, buckle, building, call, cancel, car, chair lift, chairlift, chandelle, change, chin, chin up, climb, climb up, conveyance, conveyance, cosmetic surgery, crib, device, dig, dig out, dignify, displace, displace, drive, dumbwaiter, edifice, elevate, elevator car, emit, end, erect, exalt, fly, food elevator, fork, freight elevator, gather up, get up, go, go back on, ground effect, heave, heave, heave up, heel, heft, heft up, heighten, help, hike, hike up, hoist, hulk, improve, jack, jack up, kick up, layer, leaven, let loose, let out, levitate, lift, lift, lift up, lifting device, liquidate, locomote, look, loom, meliorate, mount, move, move, moving ridge, operate, operate on, paternoster, pay off, pick up, pinnacle, pitchfork, plastic surgery, predominate, propulsion, prove, pump, raise, rear, remove, renege, renege on, renegue on, ride, rise up, rising, rocket, rope tow, run up, scalp, scend, seem, send for, service elevator, shoulder, skid, skyrocket, soar, soar up, soar upwards, steal, steam, strike down, surface, surface lift, surge, take, take away, terminate, top lift, tower, transfer, transferral, transport, transportation, travel, trice, trice, trice up, trice up, underlay, uplift, utter, warp, wave, wind, withdraw, zoom

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