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uplift

[verb uhp-lift; noun uhp-lift]
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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.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to become uplifted.
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noun
  1. an act of lifting up or raising; elevation.
  2. the process or work of improving, as socially, intellectually, or morally.
  3. emotional or spiritual exaltation.
  4. a brassiere.
  5. Geology. an upheaval.
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Origin of uplift

First recorded in 1300–50, uplift is from the Middle English word upliften. See up-, lift
Related formsup·lift·ment, noun

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Related Words for uplift

exhilarate, excite, improve, boost, cheer, elate, brighten

Examples from the Web for uplift

Contemporary Examples of uplift

Historical Examples of uplift

  • She had gone home with a feeling of uplift and exultation in her heart.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • It was as the signal to uplift the curtain and let my play-acting commence.

    The Suitors of Yvonne

    Raphael Sabatini

  • Which of these statues is calculated to uplift and to exalt all who come near?

    Italy, the Magic Land

    Lilian Whiting

  • There was no eagerness or uplift or even trouble at the name of Jeff.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • "'Tis not the way to help or uplift mankind," said Spinoza mildly.


British Dictionary definitions for uplift

uplift

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

v.

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

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