- inspirational; offering or providing hope, encouragement, salvation, etc.: an uplifting sermon.
Origin of uplifting
[verb uhp-lift; noun uhp-lift]
- to lift up; raise; elevate.
- to improve socially, culturally, morally, or the like: to uplift downtrodden and deprived peoples.
- to exalt emotionally or spiritually.
- 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
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7. enrichment, betterment, enhancement.
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Examples from the Web for uplifting
He considered music to be a healing art, an “uplifting” art.The Stacks: John Coltrane’s Mighty Musical Quest
October 18, 2014
Instead, it's for the mainstream crowds looking for an uplifting fall film.Robert Downey Jr. Just Made the Year’s Sappiest Flick
September 5, 2014
In an uplifting turn, the 49ers traded for Martin, who was systematically harassed by his offensive line mate.First Mega-Deal Is Done as the NFL’s Free Agent Scrap Begins
March 12, 2014
Unfortunately, very little of the dialogue involving race in America today is positive, uplifting, or inspirational.Justice Thomas Is Right About America’s Obsession With Race
February 21, 2014
This means that an agreement, when it finally emerges, will not be uplifting, elegant, and magnanimous.Last Chance Saloon
January 28, 2013
The thoughts might be uplifting to Almena, but they did not elevate my spirits.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
This uplifting illusion made him inquisitorial and peremptory.The Shadow-Line
His recollections of city calm and coolness were not uplifting in this emergency.Janet of the Dunes
Harriet T. Comstock
Her friends, however, felt it was she who gave to them because of her uplifting power.Girls and Women
Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}
After all, what is education in the finest sense, but the uplifting of the masses?Tutors' Lane
- acting to raise moral, spiritual, cultural, etc levels
- to raise; elevate; lift up
- to raise morally, spiritually, culturally, etc
- Scot and NZ to collect (a passenger, parcel, etc); pick up
- the act, process, or result of lifting up
- the act or process of bettering moral, social or cultural conditions, etc
- a brassiere for lifting and supporting the breasts
- (as modifier)an uplift bra
- the process or result of land being raised to a higher level, as during a period of mountain building
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Word Origin and History for uplifting
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