verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


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
Related formslift·a·ble, adjectivelift·er, nounun·der·lift, nounun·lift·a·ble, adjectiveun·lift·ed, adjectiveun·lift·ing, adjective

Synonyms for lift

1. elevate. See raise.

Antonyms for lift

1. lower. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lifted

Contemporary Examples of lifted

Historical Examples of lifted

  • She lifted the dress, and the beautiful pearl ornaments, and held them up to the light.

    The Fatal Glove

    Clara Augusta Jones Trask

  • The water runs down to the home station, and is then lifted up high by steam engines and distributed over the city.

  • When Mossamedes lifted, two masts and the top of a funnel cut the horizon.

    Kit Musgrave's Luck

    Harold Bindloss

  • "Mr. Sprague touched her hair, and—and lifted one of her hands," Penny contributed quietly.

    Murder at Bridge

    Anne Austin

  • She lifted her shamed face and bravely laid her feverish, quivering lips on his.


    Gene Stratton-Porter

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



late 15c., "act of lifting," from lift (v.). Meaning "act of helping" is 1630s; that of "cheering influence" is from 1861. Sense of "elevator" is from 1851; that of "upward force of an aircraft" is from 1902. Meaning "help given to a pedestrian by taking him into a vehicle" is from 1712.



c.1200, from Old Norse lypta "to raise," from Proto-Germanic *luftijan (cf. Middle Low German lüchten, Dutch lichten, German lüften "to lift;" Old English lyft "heaven, air," see loft). The meaning "steal" (as in shop-lift) is first recorded 1520s. Related: Lifted; lifting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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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