improved, as in mood or spirit.
raised or elevated, as a beam.

Origin of uplifted

1250–1300; Middle English: orig., past participle of uplift


[verb uhp-lift; noun uhp-lift]

verb (used with object)

to lift up; raise; elevate.
to improve socially, culturally, morally, or the like: to uplift downtrodden and deprived peoples.
to exalt emotionally or spiritually.

verb (used without object)

to become uplifted.


an act of lifting up or raising; elevation.
the process or work of improving, as socially, intellectually, or morally.
emotional or spiritual exaltation.
a brassiere.
Geology. an upheaval.

Origin of uplift

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

Synonyms for uplift

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Related Words for uplifted

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

Examples from the Web for uplifted

Contemporary Examples of uplifted

  • But these are not times when we need to be uplifted and showered with haughty rhetoric.

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    Why I'm for Mitt

    Justin Green

    November 4, 2012

Historical Examples of uplifted

  • When I passed an hour later she was still there, her hand on the uplifted latch.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • He stopped an instant with uplifted foot, then turned and made directly for us.

    A Woman Tenderfoot

    Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson

  • In the meantime, the uplifted hand of Hawkeye was above him.

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • They rescued the people from barbarism, and uplifted the standard of the cross.

    English Villages

    P. H. Ditchfield

  • I saw that it would never do with us, and that it ought, as a matter of fact, to be uplifted.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for uplifted


verb (ʌpˈlɪft) (tr)

to raise; elevate; lift up
to raise morally, spiritually, culturally, etc
Scot and NZ to collect (a passenger, parcel, etc); pick up

noun (ˈʌpˌlɪft)

the act, process, or result of lifting up
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
the process or result of land being raised to a higher level, as during a period of mountain building
Derived Formsuplifter, noun
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Word Origin and History for uplifted



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

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