[verb uhp-lift; noun uhp-lift]

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to become uplifted.


Nearby words

  1. upkeep,
  2. upland,
  3. upland cotton,
  4. upland plover,
  5. upland sandpiper,
  6. uplifted,
  7. uplifter,
  8. uplifting,
  9. uplight,
  10. uplighter

Origin of uplift

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

Related formsup·lift·ment, noun

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for 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
  • 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
  • Parenthood thus brings forth our divinity and is at once a cross and an upliftment.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for upliftment


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

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for upliftment



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper