[ uhp-lif-ting ]
/ ʌpˈlɪf tɪŋ /


inspirational; offering or providing hope, encouragement, salvation, etc.: an uplifting sermon.

Nearby words

  1. upland plover,
  2. upland sandpiper,
  3. uplift,
  4. uplifted,
  5. uplifter,
  6. uplight,
  7. uplighter,
  8. uplink,
  9. upload,
  10. upmanship

Origin of uplifting

First recorded in 1810–20; uplift + -ing2


[ verb uhp-lift; noun uhp-lift ]
/ verb ʌpˈlɪft; noun ˈʌpˌlɪft /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to become uplifted.


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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British Dictionary definitions for uplifting


/ (ʌpˈlɪftɪŋ) /


acting to raise moral, spiritual, cultural, etc levels


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)

Derived Formsuplifter, noun

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Word Origin and History for uplifting



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

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