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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Examples from the Web for lifted

British Dictionary definitions for lifted




to rise or cause to rise upwards from the ground or another support to a higher placeto lift a sack
to move or cause to move upwardsto lift one's eyes
(tr) to take hold of in order to carry or removeto lift something down from a shelf
(tr) to raise in status, spirituality, estimation, etchis position lifted him from the common crowd
(tr) to revoke or rescindto lift tax restrictions
to make or become audible or louderto lift one's voice in song
(tr) to take (plants or underground crops) out of the ground for transplanting or harvesting
(intr) to disappear by lifting or as if by liftingthe fog lifted
to transport in a vehicle
(tr) informal to take unlawfully or dishonourably; steal
(tr) informal to make dishonest use of (another person's idea, writing, etc); plagiarize
(tr) slang to arrest
(tr) to perform a face-lift on
(tr) US and Canadian to pay off (a mortgage, etc)


the act or an instance of lifting
the power or force available or used for lifting
  1. Britisha platform, compartment, or cage raised or lowered in a vertical shaft to transport persons or goods in a buildingUS and Canadian word: elevator
  2. See chairlift, ski lift
the distance or degree to which something is lifted
a usually free ride as a passenger in a car or other vehicle
a rise in the height of the ground
a rise in morale or feeling of cheerfulness usually caused by some specific thing or event
the force required to lift an object
a layer of the heel of a shoe, etc, or a detachable pad inside the shoe to give the wearer added height
aid; help
  1. the thickness of ore extracted in one operation
  2. a set of pumps used in a mine
  1. the component of the aerodynamic forces acting on a wing, etc, at right angles to the airflow
  2. the upward force exerted by the gas in a balloon, airship, etc
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 lifted
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Science definitions for lifted



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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