[verb uhp-lift; noun uhp-lift]
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.
verb (used without object)
  1. to become uplifted.
  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.

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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Examples from the Web for upliftment

Historical Examples of upliftment

  • Each unit should try to help the great force for good by sending forth strong positive thoughts for its upliftment.

    Three Things

    Elinor Glyn

  • As she walked these feelings wore off, and were replaced by a feeling of upliftment which was magical in its change.

    The Moon Rock

    Arthur J. Rees

  • Parenthood thus brings forth our divinity and is at once a cross and an upliftment.

  • It must now go forth into the world and conquer all hearts and bring purification and upliftment to its creator and herself.

    The Song of Songs

    Hermann Sudermann

British Dictionary definitions for upliftment


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
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
Derived Formsuplifter, noun
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Word Origin and History for upliftment



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

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