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  1. improved, as in mood or spirit.
  2. raised or elevated, as a beam.

Origin of uplifted

1250–1300; Middle English: orig., past participle of uplift


[verb uhp-lift; noun uhp-lift]
verb (used with object)
  1. to lift up; raise; elevate.
  2. to improve socially, culturally, morally, or the like: to uplift downtrodden and deprived peoples.
  3. to exalt emotionally or spiritually.
verb (used without object)
  1. to become uplifted.
  1. an act of lifting up or raising; elevation.
  2. the process or work of improving, as socially, intellectually, or morally.
  3. emotional or spiritual exaltation.
  4. a brassiere.
  5. Geology. an upheaval.

Origin of uplift

First recorded in 1300–50, uplift is from the Middle English word upliften. See up-, lift
Related formsup·lift·ment, noun


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7. enrichment, betterment, enhancement.
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Examples from the Web for uplifted

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  • When I passed an hour later she was still there, her hand on the uplifted latch.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • He stopped an instant with uplifted foot, then turned and made directly for us.

    A Woman Tenderfoot

    Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson

  • In the meantime, the uplifted hand of Hawkeye was above him.

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • They rescued the people from barbarism, and uplifted the standard of the cross.

    English Villages

    P. H. Ditchfield

  • I saw that it would never do with us, and that it ought, as a matter of fact, to be uplifted.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for uplifted


verb (ʌpˈlɪft) (tr)
  1. to raise; elevate; lift up
  2. to raise morally, spiritually, culturally, etc
  3. Scot and NZ to collect (a passenger, parcel, etc); pick up
noun (ˈʌpˌlɪft)
  1. the act, process, or result of lifting up
  2. the act or process of bettering moral, social or cultural conditions, etc
    1. a brassiere for lifting and supporting the breasts
    2. (as modifier)an uplift bra
  3. the process or result of land being raised to a higher level, as during a period of mountain building
Derived Formsuplifter, noun
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Word Origin and History for uplifted



mid-14c., from up + lift (v.). Related: Uplifted; uplifting.

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