[ lift ]
/ lɪft /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. lifeway,
  2. lifework,
  3. liffey,
  4. lifford,
  5. lifo,
  6. lift a finger,
  7. lift a hand against,
  8. lift bolt,
  9. lift bridge,
  10. lift off

Origin of lift

1250–1300; 1955–60 for def 10; Middle English liften < Old Norse lypta, derivative of lopt air, cognate with German lüften literally, to take aloft; see loft

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British Dictionary definitions for lift


/ (lɪft) /



Derived Formsliftable, adjectivelifter, noun

Word Origin for lift

C13: from Scandinavian; related to Old Norse lypta, Old English lyft sky; compare loft


Scot the sky

Word Origin for lift

Old English lyft

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Word Origin and History for lift
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Science definitions for lift


[ lĭft ]

An upward force acting on an object. Lift can be produced in many ways; for example, by creating a low-pressure area above an object, such an airplane wing or other airfoil that is moving through the air, or by lowering the overall density of an object relative to the air around it, as with a hot air balloon. Compare drag. See also airfoil buoyancy. See Note at aerodynamics.
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