[verb uhp-lift; noun uhp-lift]
- to lift up; raise; elevate.
- to improve socially, culturally, morally, or the like: to uplift downtrodden and deprived peoples.
- to exalt emotionally or spiritually.
- to become uplifted.
- an act of lifting up or raising; elevation.
- the process or work of improving, as socially, intellectually, or morally.
- emotional or spiritual exaltation.
- a brassiere.
- Geology. an upheaval.
Origin of uplift
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7. enrichment, betterment, enhancement.
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Examples from the Web for uplift
There was only the perpetual effort to improve the self and uplift the race.Eddie Robinson, College Football’s Winningest Coach
Samuel G. Freedman
August 23, 2013
For one thing, the Obamas and Cosby were speaking to—and hoping to uplift—black audiences.Letter to the Don Lemon Haters
August 2, 2013
And our comic books and movies, too, can uplift and enrich, or shape a disturbed imagination.What ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Says About Killing and Gun Control
July 24, 2012
By contrast, Washingtonians and Oregonians are seeing a nice 1mm uplift per year—great for downhill skiing.California Sinkin’: What Rising Sea Levels Will Mean for the Golden State
June 30, 2012
Uplift and pleasantness: is this an acceptable definition of what we mean by literature?The Future of Book Reviews: Critics vs. Amazon Reviewers
May 12, 2011
She had gone home with a feeling of uplift and exultation in her heart.Her Father's Daughter
It was as the signal to uplift the curtain and let my play-acting commence.The Suitors of Yvonne
Which of these statues is calculated to uplift and to exalt all who come near?Italy, the Magic Land
There was no eagerness or uplift or even trouble at the name of Jeff.The Prisoner
"'Tis not the way to help or uplift mankind," said Spinoza mildly.Dreamers of the Ghetto
- to raise; elevate; lift up
- to raise morally, spiritually, culturally, etc
- Scot and NZ to collect (a passenger, parcel, etc); pick up
- the act, process, or result of lifting up
- the act or process of bettering moral, social or cultural conditions, etc
- a brassiere for lifting and supporting the breasts
- (as modifier)an uplift bra
- the process or result of land being raised to a higher level, as during a period of mountain building
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Word Origin and History for uplift
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