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uplift

[verb uhp-lift; noun uhp-lift] /verb ʌpˈlɪft; noun ˈʌpˌlɪft/
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)
4.
to become uplifted.
noun
5.
an act of lifting up or raising; elevation.
6.
the process or work of improving, as socially, intellectually, or morally.
7.
emotional or spiritual exaltation.
8.
a brassiere.
9.
Geology. an upheaval.
Origin of uplift
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English upliften. See up-, lift
Related forms
upliftment, noun
Synonyms
7. enrichment, betterment, enhancement.
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Examples from the Web for upliftment
Historical Examples
  • It must now go forth into the world and conquer all hearts and bring purification and upliftment to its creator and herself.

    The Song of Songs Hermann Sudermann
  • Each unit should try to help the great force for good by sending forth strong positive thoughts for its upliftment.

    Three Things Elinor Glyn
  • As she walked these feelings wore off, and were replaced by a feeling of upliftment which was magical in its change.

    The Moon Rock Arthur J. Rees
  • Parenthood thus brings forth our divinity and is at once a cross and an upliftment.

British Dictionary definitions for upliftment

uplift

verb (transitive) (ʌpˈlɪft)
1.
to raise; elevate; lift up
2.
to raise morally, spiritually, culturally, etc
3.
(Scot & NZ) to collect (a passenger, parcel, etc); pick up
noun (ˈʌpˌlɪft)
4.
the act, process, or result of lifting up
5.
the act or process of bettering moral, social or cultural conditions, etc
6.
  1. a brassiere for lifting and supporting the breasts
  2. (as modifier): an uplift bra
7.
the process or result of land being raised to a higher level, as during a period of mountain building
Derived Forms
uplifter, noun
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Word Origin and History for upliftment

uplift

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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