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nounAlso air lift .
  1. a system for transporting persons or cargo by aircraft, especially in an emergency.

  2. the persons or cargo so transported.

  1. the act or process of transporting such a load.

  2. a pump for raising liquids by the pressure of air forced into the pump chamber.

verb (used with object)
  1. to transport (persons or cargo) by airlift.

  1. of or relating to an airlift or airlifts: to increase the army's airlift capacity.

Origin of airlift

First recorded in 1940–45; air1 + lift Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use airlift in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for airlift


/ (ˈɛəˌlɪft) /

  1. the transportation by air of passengers, troops, cargo, etc, esp when other routes are blocked

  1. (tr) to transport by an airlift

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