Definition of lift in English:

lift

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Raise to a higher position or level.

    ‘he lifted his trophy over his head’
    • ‘His black cape trailed behind him and was lifted by the gentle breeze that passed by.’
    • ‘Raise your upper body as if your chin is being lifted straight up toward the ceiling.’
    • ‘When its receiver has been lifted, it means the nameless voice on the other end of the line meets two criteria: speaks English and needs help.’
    • ‘I took a deep breath and lifted myself into sitting position, taking the two with me.’
    • ‘Stepping in front of him, her hand gently lifted his chiseled chin, forcing him to stare at her.’
    • ‘A warm hand lifted her chin upward as he leaned towards her and stared into her brown copper eyes.’
    • ‘She lifted up his shirt and saw three thick red lines along his torso.’
    • ‘He also knows that whoever lifts the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Bombay next month will know that they've been through a scrap to end all scraps.’
    • ‘The only time that a Burnley captain has lifted the famous old trophy was in 1914 and within months a World War had started.’
    • ‘The thing lifted Ivan to eye level, looked at him for a few seconds, then dropped him.’
    • ‘Bob dropped to the floor in a cross-legged position, then lifted himself onto the tips of his toes.’
    • ‘When the cure was complete, the probe was raised to lift the entire cell wall above the water level.’
    • ‘I leaned over and grabbed her shoulders, lifting her up into a sitting position.’
    • ‘"Let me see, " I said, lifting up his baggy shirt.’
    • ‘I ran my hand over the finely polished mahogany surface, and gently lifted the lid.’
    • ‘Strong arms, built up from years of raising a child, lifted her up.’
    • ‘It is a startling admission from the manager who ended the club's 36-year wait for a trophy by lifting the Tennents Scottish Cup two years ago.’
    • ‘With a sigh and a heave, she lifted herself up and meandered over to the filing cabinet.’
    • ‘Entranced by its beauty she gently lifted the lid.’
    • ‘He stepped forward and embraced his son, lifting him clear off the ground.’
    improve, boost, enhance, make better, invigorate, revitalize, upgrade, ameliorate
    raise, hoist, heave, haul up, uplift, heft, boost, raise aloft, raise up, upraise, elevate, thrust, hold high, bear aloft
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    1. 1.1Move (one's eyes or face) to face upward and look at someone or something.
      ‘he lifted his eyes from the paper for an instant’
      • ‘I sat close to the fire, gazing into the glowing heart of it, and then lifting my eyes to the brightening stars.’
      • ‘And for the first time that day, Valerie lifted her eyes upwards and almost gasped at where she had wandered to.’
      • ‘A veil of acknowledgment swept across her face as she slowly lifted her eyes and shifted her expression to see me.’
      • ‘I stood on my feet and narrowed my eyes, lifting my face.’
      • ‘He paused as the woman moved away, then lifted his eyes to the ceiling again.’
      • ‘Instead, let's lift our eyes and see how wide the American horizon has become.’
      • ‘I stole fifteen minutes to go and sit on the patio, closing my eyes and lifting my face to the sun.’
      • ‘He called upon the gathered journalists from Canada, Britain, the US and the region to lift their eyes from the mud and look up at the stars.’
      • ‘She closed her eyes and lifted her face up to the skies, feeling the gentle breeze caress her face as she slowly let go of everything on her mind.’
      • ‘I didn't lift my face to look at her but spoke into her body.’
      • ‘Bent in two, I lifted my eyes and saw a roiling, black plume of ash and debris ascending into the sky.’
      • ‘He stopped and closed his eyes, lifting his face to the sky.’
      • ‘This means nothing to me, because I'd not lift my eyes to find out what it was called.’
      • ‘Something stirs within me and I slowly lift my eyes to meet your glare.’
      • ‘A robust woman to my left continues sucking her lollipop; another, to my right, studiously resists lifting her eyes from a copy of King Lear.’
      • ‘She stays like that, lifting her face and her camera to the heavens, in the squawking aerial universe of all these flying creatures.’
      • ‘He rocks, shuffles and chews a plastic bottle, then sits in that distressingly human way bears have with his back to the wall and lifts his face to a glimmer of watery sunshine.’
      • ‘She closed her eyes and lifted her face to the sun poking momentarily from behind the clouds.’
      • ‘Then some of them watch it on TV in the press box rather than lift their eyes two inches to see it for real.’
      • ‘We must lift our eyes from the misleading and myopic platitudes of our politicians and look to the future.’
    2. 1.2Increase the volume or pitch of (one's voice)
      ‘Willie sang boldly, lifting up his voice’
      • ‘So when some police officers do that, my voice will be lifted primarily to find out why they would do such a thing, not to call for their heads.’
      • ‘Before he climbed into the back seat, he turned to the house and lifted his voice to its full volume.’
    3. 1.3Increase (a price or amount)
      ‘higher than expected oil prices lifted Oklahoma's revenue’
      • ‘The ability to boost prices is helping to lift margins despite rising costs.’
      • ‘It warned that it expected raw material prices to lift by a similar amount this year.’
      • ‘The arable sector is more difficult to predict but the appalling weather, combined with increased demand from the animal feed sector, could lift prices to compensate at least in part.’
      • ‘In addition to war fears, oil prices were also lifted by a snowstorm which hit the east of the US over the weekend.’
      • ‘Investors want businesses to concentrate on pumping up the bottom line and lifting stock prices.’
      • ‘The company lifted its vehicle-use gas price by 0.2 yuan to 2.1 yuan per cubic metre last month.’
      • ‘By hitting production and refining capacity it has pushed up an already high oil price, lifted petrol prices and led to shortages.’
      • ‘If the Reserve Bank lifts rates this week it will shock the markets, but few will be surprised if rates rise again by year's end.’
      • ‘It is simply a method by which the overall ‘health’ levels will be lifted.’
      • ‘The enormous wartime demand lifted prices and finally ended more than a decade of calamity and collapse on the American farm.’
      • ‘That should spark the economy and corporate profit growth, lifting stock prices, investors say.’
      • ‘Australia's shipping lines are lifting prices to get back in the black.’
      • ‘This prompted tracker funds to buy the stock, lifting the share price even higher.’
      • ‘The rally in oil prices should lift profits at the oil company's exploration and production division.’
      • ‘The level has now been lifted from the 1992 level to be equal to the adjusted consumer price index for this year, 2004.’
      • ‘Farmers are now expecting prices to lift by an equivalent amount.’
      • ‘Refining alcohol would use tapioca as a raw material and the new industry is expected to lift the price of this agricultural product.’
      • ‘It is perfectly true that an individual firm, or even several firms, can increase profits by monopolizing their product markets and lifting the price.’
      • ‘Asian suppliers are lifting prices as demand remains strong and material costs increase.’
      • ‘The lamb trade is lifting steadily and a price of 165p is now standard with the better quality continental sheep making up to 170p/kilo.’
    4. 1.4Transport by air.
      ‘a helicopter lifted 11 crew members to safety from the ship’
      • ‘An RAF helicopter assisted the rescue, lifting both the climbers and team members to the bottom of the valley.’
      • ‘Four Army helicopters have lifted around 400 giant bags of stone up the Lake District fells to help in the repair of popular eroded paths.’
      • ‘Naval helicopters could not lift army Land Rovers.’
      • ‘Blankets and oxygen were pulled over to the canoeists and rescuers, who were left on the island until the RAF helicopter arrived and lifted them one by one over to the river bank.’
      • ‘Vertical replenishment primarily involves using helicopters to lift cargo from a supply ship to a combatant ship.’
      • ‘Among these were 2,132 people in isolated villages who were lifted out by helicopter.’
      • ‘Paratroopers who parachuted in will be lifted by crane back to their helicopters.’
      • ‘The group's handful of foreign staff, who were not hurt, were waiting for an American helicopter to lift them from the compound.’
      • ‘A second helicopter was dispatched to lift him seven hours later.’
      • ‘She was air lifted by helicopter to Airedale General Hospital at Steeton with non-life-threatening injuries.’
      • ‘We asked for an army helicopter to come and lift him out.’
      • ‘It became so large that the aquarium arranged for it to be lifted by helicopter to the ocean.’
      • ‘Everything, every single nut, bolt, screw, girder, steel cable, had to be lifted to those heights by helicopter, and winched down.’
      • ‘He had been lifted up here by helicopter.’
      • ‘She was discovered by two men, who moved her on a sofa to higher ground, where she waited for a helicopter to lift her to hospital.’
      • ‘By the time a rescue helicopter lifted Don from the glacier, another storm threatened.’
      • ‘The exciting discovery was apparently made when researchers were forced to break open the leg bone of a Tyrannosaurus rex fossil to lift it by helicopter.’
      • ‘He and a local fire fighter were lifted by helicopter from an area on the front line when air crew lost sight of the men through the smoke.’
      • ‘Five men were injured and were lifted by medevac helicopter to another base.’
      • ‘The large polar tents and camping gear would remain at the Lake Victoria campsite and be lifted out by helicopter later that season.’
    5. 1.5Hit or kick (a ball) high into the air.
      • ‘In the ninth, the devilish player lifted a long fly ball that fell behind him in center for a pinch-hit triple.’
      • ‘The batter lifted a short fly ball to center field where the Orioles' Jackie Brandt made a shoe-string catch of the ball.’
      • ‘Flintoff bowled a widish one which Kasprowicz lifted to third man, but a diving Simon Jones could not hold on.’
      • ‘Huckerby looked odds-on to score as he lifted the ball towards goal but Michael Oakes read the situation well and made an outstanding block.’
      • ‘When they're both going, it's like watching two thrashing machines, one crashing the ball through gully and point and the other lifting anything within reach over mid wicket.’
      • ‘When you have to lift or flip the ball into the air, you bring more moving parts into play, and this hurts your feel.’
      • ‘He'll never hit long homers, but he has such remarkable bat control that he can alter his swing to lift the ball.’
      • ‘The second lifted alarmingly off a length but was down the leg side and Bradman was able to duck and let it past.’
      • ‘Howell lifted the resultant free kick over the bar.’
      • ‘With the ball lifted over his closest marker, he dispatched a powerful half volley.’
      • ‘On the next pitch, Dent lifted a high fly ball toward left field.’
      • ‘A bowler who exerts a lot of energy into lifting and turning the ball to get a lot of revolutions and hook.’
    6. 1.6[no object]Move upward; be raised.
      ‘Thomas's eyelids drowsily lifted’
      ‘their voices lifted in wails and cries’
      • ‘Watch the miraculous gift of breath, as your diaphragm lifts up and pulls down.’
      • ‘The lid easily lifted off of the box.’
      • ‘At the same time, the deck lid lifts up and out of the way and the package shelf lifts up and moves back to meet the top.’
      • ‘Chris and Giovanni turned towards the energetic voice, eyebrows lifted.’
      • ‘Grandma's old eyelids lifted and her mouth fell open all at once.’
      • ‘What better time to hear gay and lesbian voices lifted in song?’
      • ‘But her voice lifted and wavered, and it ended up a question more than it was a statement.’
      • ‘Contracting her abs, she keeps her chin lifted and raises her upper torso as high as possible.’
      • ‘His eyelids lifted, and his blue eyes focused directly on her.’
      • ‘By the end of the telling her voice had lifted and she herself shared a giggle at the overall predicament.’
      • ‘Once, when she was in elementary school, the nun stood at the front of a church filled with children out in the pews with their voices lifted in song.’
      • ‘Even before she spoke, Gerald's head lifted upwards and he sniffed the air hopefully.’
      • ‘I brought the tape home so my family could hear the 125 voices lifted in song.’
      • ‘His eye-lids lifted and he managed a quirk of a smile in greeting.’
      • ‘But the voices lifted, and hands gestured for me to start, drowning out my own movements.’
      • ‘He ducked in behind the cargo ship, which was lifting sluggishly upwards.’
      • ‘You will have to ensure the sub-floor is level, and if in doubt install a hardboard surface to take the tiles and ensure they will not shift and lift in the future.’
      • ‘His outside ears lift up, moving at the strange sounds.’
    7. 1.7[no object](of a cloud, fog, etc.) move upward or away.
      ‘the factory smoke hung low, never lifted’
      ‘the gray weather lifted on the following Wednesday’
      • ‘He noticed that there was a fog lifting and it was obscuring the moonlight.’
      • ‘The fog was lifting, revealing a grey sky, and a metallic coloured ocean.’
      • ‘As if in response, the rain had stopped, the clouds had lifted, and a welcome southern sun was shining.’
      • ‘On Tuesday afternoon, clouds lifted from the site for the first time.’
      • ‘The dark and dirge-like clouds lift for a few rays of petrified beauty in melodies or in single, sustaining piano notes, achieving a smooth, even balance.’
      • ‘Once the fog lifted from his tortured mind the crystal-clear clarity of yesteryear returned with another story.’
      • ‘Fifteen minutes later the clouds lifted and the sun began to shine again.’
      • ‘Yet when the clamour died away, the mists lifted to reveal what had been achieved.’
      • ‘The fog is lifting, but too slowly, and we are just approaching one-quarter mile now.’
      • ‘The fog lifted at least, and Haley's eyes fluttered apart at last.’
      • ‘A cloud has lifted following the change in management.’
      • ‘The storm clouds lift, the storm clouds descend.’
      • ‘The dark cloud has lifted to reveal a red haze, if you will.’
      • ‘However in the afternoon the fog lifted for a few hours to reveal the magnificent ship in all her glory.’
      • ‘We drove back towards York, and the clouds slowly lifted as we came down Garrowby Hill and through Stamford Bridge.’
      • ‘The opening quarter had been spoiled by a torrential downpour but as the clouds lifted, the action heated up.’
      • ‘I can't say I left with complete certainty and understanding, but some of the fog had lifted.’
      • ‘Nor does it see the clouds lifting soon, whoever wins today's election.’
      • ‘The fog had lifted somewhat when we arrived, which is why they were able to successfully land.’
      • ‘When the clouds lift, you can see a patchwork of clearcuts and roads carved into the slopes.’
    8. 1.8Perform cosmetic surgery on (especially the face or breasts) to reduce sagging.
      ‘surgeons lift and remove excess skin from the face and neck’
      • ‘The skin will then be lifted up, pulled back and any excess will be trimmed off.’
      • ‘The corneal periphery scars, and this is why a flap can be lifted months later for enhancement.’
      • ‘This allows the nipple and areola complex to be lifted.’
      • ‘The mid-facelift is performed to lift this soft tissue back into a higher more youthful appearance.’
      • ‘When surgeons perform a facelift they lift the skin of the face and neck and expose a raw surface.’
  • 2Pick up and move to a different position.

    ‘he lifted her down from the pony's back’
    • ‘Over a ton of weight was then lifted gingerly out of the soil by a crane.’
    • ‘She lifted herself up to a sitting position, and pulled her face close to his, as if she was about to kiss him.’
    • ‘It took four people to lift the trolley off the body.’
    • ‘The tray is pulled back under the car and lifted into its holding position.’
    • ‘Feeling something crunch beneath him, he lifts himself up and pulls a crinkled plastic bag from the cushion.’
    • ‘She pried her fingers from the root and lifted her up off the frozen ground.’
    • ‘He lifted her up carefully, realizing that he had picked her up so many times that it hardly even mattered to either him or her anymore.’
    • ‘And Jane felt as though a million bricks had been lifted off her shoulders.’
    • ‘I know it's a cliche saying that I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders, but I fully understand the root of the phrase.’
    • ‘She felt his strong arms snake behind her back, pulling her closer and lifting her up slightly so her toes were barely touching the ground.’
    • ‘I had felt a sharp pain, but ignored it and lifted Raine off the floor and picked her up once more.’
    • ‘A giant compass depicting the life and times of a South Yorkshire community which traces its roots back to medieval times has been lifted into place.’
    • ‘I myself am lifted onto another stretcher, carried into the ambulance, and set down beside Michael.’
    • ‘He pressed something into my hand as he kissed me; he lifted himself up and pulled me up after him.’
    • ‘Daddy put a cushion on the carrier, lifted me up and told me to keep out my feet so that they would not get caught in the spokes of the wheel.’
    • ‘She was lifted back onto the stretcher and another march began.’
    • ‘Quickly and quietly, he lifted himself out of the pool, picked up the bucket and filled it with pool water.’
    • ‘He picked her up and lifted her up almost on her shoulder.’
    • ‘Then he lifted me up and I could see a beautiful creek area which was going to be part of a wild bird sanctuary or something like that.’
    pick up, grab, scoop up, gather up, snatch up, swoop up
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    1. 2.1Enable (someone or something) to escape from an unpleasant situation.
      ‘two billion barrels of oil that could lift this nation out of chronic poverty’
      • ‘The idea was to lift the neediest children out of the cycle of poverty by helping them and their parents, all too often their lone mothers.’
      • ‘Just half of the amount could pay off the international debt of 22 of the poorest countries in Africa, lifting millions of people out of poverty.’
      • ‘We had them rocking at one point, with Tom Greaves scoring a goal that lifted us.’
      • ‘The deal is aimed at opening up global markets to producers from the developing world, enabling them to start lifting their countries out of poverty.’
      • ‘But you will transcend these privations because New York on foot lifts you out of yourself, simply by being itself.’
      • ‘She was an actress with an opera singer's voice and vocal skills, which enabled her to lift her performances out of the banal into the realms of realism.’
  • 3Raise (a person's spirits or confidence); encourage or cheer.

    ‘we heard inspiring talks that lifted our spirits’
    • ‘But in the end, once I got to the start line and realised all the people really wanted me to get a medal, it lifted me.’
    • ‘His voice lifts the soul and spirit inspiring our party of schoolchildren to take an excitingly fresh tilt at the English countryside.’
    • ‘Your letters did much to boost his morale and lift his spirits.’
    • ‘It was about getting my head down and getting through the game and the goal lifted me a little bit.’
    • ‘He totally lifted my spirits and gave me a confidence boost.’
    • ‘Her heart broke at the thought of Rhea leaving and yet the other girl's confidence and hope lifted up her own heart.’
    • ‘‘They lifted his spirits and encouraged him to go for it,’ she said.’
    • ‘It was the line about ‘laughing out loud,’ however, that lifted the Professor's spirits and gave him the hope to carry on.’
    • ‘It was a grand day, too, autumn cold, dry, and with bright sunshine to lift the spirits.’
    • ‘It is supposed to stimulate the mind and lift the spirits.’
    • ‘It was a bit like Liverpool and Chelsea the other night when the Liverpool fans were sensational and lifted their team.’
    • ‘Every donation is valuable to us, but a gift of this size lifts everyone's spirits.’
    • ‘For here is a player who can turn a game in an instant, can lift a team with a moment of daring and brilliance.’
    • ‘He used his pace, height and strength to defend and said that the sight of the flying Irish tricolours lifted him.’
    • ‘I was sure that he would lift people's moods so I decided to design a card, which I sent to family and friends.’
    • ‘Certainly the large crowd in the main stand went away feeling they had had their money's worth and lifted both teams with the excellent atmosphere they created.’
    • ‘Bright colors lift spirits, so give the black in your wardrobe a rest for the next two months.’
    • ‘The early goal in that second period helped lift us, gave us something to hold on to, and from then on we played well.’
    • ‘Over the decades, the beautiful game has helped to boost and bolster the nation's morale and has lifted spirits even in the darkest of times.’
    • ‘‘We haven't got anyone with the inspiration to lift us up and push us on after that first goal,’ he said.’
    • ‘This is powerful, tender, big-hearted and dangerously exciting music that's fit to lift the spirits and raise parties from the dead.’
    boost, raise, buoy up, elevate, give a lift to, cheer up, perk up, enliven, uplift, brighten up, lighten, ginger up, gladden, encourage, stimulate, arouse, revive, restore
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    1. 3.1[no object](of a person's mood) become happier.
      ‘suddenly his heart lifted, and he could have wept with relief’
      • ‘The chemical depression lifts and you slowly start to become yourself again - with all that entails, ups and downs.’
      • ‘Depression had lifted and he was relaxed and ‘feeling good’.’
      • ‘When the mood does lift, it does nothing to tarnish the wistful sadness of the record.’
      • ‘However, it was clear to see her droopy mood was lifting.’
      • ‘But as her depression lifted, in the spring, she would suddenly begin to notice it again.’
      • ‘I thought my mood would miraculously lift once I didn't have to deal with hate mail and evil comments.’
      • ‘By about 10: 30 I was awake again and the funk had lifted, so we set our sights on a first attempt at the Louvre.’
      • ‘That will give him enormous confidence and you can tell his mood is lifting.’
      • ‘Thanks, but as you can see, her mood is finally lifting, thanks to Timmy, Robert, and some close friends.’
      • ‘The sorrow lifted from his face and he smiled, giving me the urge to grab him and kiss him.’
      • ‘I felt my morale lifting by discovering this simple fact.’
      • ‘His heart lifted and he feared he would float around if he could when he learned that she wanted to spend more time around him.’
      • ‘At this point I am suddenly aware that the previous intense heaviness and feeling of irritation is lifting.’
      • ‘The sadness from the mass mood had lifted and everyone felt at ease.’
      • ‘The only problem was that no matter what she did the boredom wouldn't lift.’
      • ‘My heart began to lift at that point, as I realized that not everyone shared the same hatred for my family.’
      • ‘Yet he advises patients to bear with it because the depression will ultimately lift and sleep problems diminish.’
      • ‘Her mood lifted momentarily at the thought of the couple, but it didn't last.’
      • ‘Another acknowledged the troops for a job well done, and morale lifted 100 percent.’
      • ‘He walked into the restaurant and the mood lifted.’
  • 4Formally remove or end (a legal restriction, decision, or ban)

    ‘the European Community lifted its oil embargo against South Africa’
    • ‘But this could now be lifted if member states agree to the guidelines.’
    • ‘But the government Monday lifted the ban, and said it would welcome aid.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, last week the protective notice issued to 22 staff at the South East Regional Airport was been lifted.’
    • ‘When the ban was finally lifted, in 2000, the cultural context had changed dramatically.’
    • ‘He lifted wage and price controls, which triggered inflation.’
    • ‘The ban on planting Barbary has been lifted in many communities where wheat production is not a livelihood.’
    • ‘Provincial and federal bans on offshore oil and gas development are also expected to be lifted in the near future.’
    • ‘This situation will change in 2001 when that monopoly is lifted, allowing other phone operators to install equipment and offer their own local services.’
    • ‘In Europe, the ban would have to be lifted by the aviation authorities in the individual Member States.’
    • ‘No one doubts that there is a growing groundswell of opinion that sanctions must be lifted or at least reduced so that the innocent do not continue suffering.’
    • ‘He is also asking the Treasury to cancel the currency fluctuation bands and to lift the restrictions on the issue of short-term debt certificates.’
    • ‘The latest surge follows Taiwan's decision last year to lift some restrictions on investing in China.’
    • ‘The embargo on this press release has been lifted ahead of schedule.’
    • ‘Also on Monday, the ban on parking within 300 feet of an airport terminal will be lifted.’
    • ‘Restrictions on light aircraft and helicopter flights were lifted overnight.’
    • ‘Some restrictions for senior and disabled permit holders using the local public transport system will be lifted from Sunday.’
    • ‘But as taboos about the body gradually lifted and the human sciences advanced, the knowledge of nervousness slowly changed.’
    • ‘It has paid lobbyists to persuade government ministers to lift restrictions on operating casinos.’
    • ‘If the war ends soon and the trade sanctions are lifted, oil prices are likely to fall even further.’
    • ‘The decision to lift the ban was a result of a ‘regular thorough check-up’ of all orders of the past few years, the Government said.’
    cancel, raise, remove, withdraw, revoke, rescind, annul, void, discontinue, countermand, relax, end, stop, terminate
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  • 5informal Steal (something, especially a minor item of property)

    ‘the shirt she had lifted from a supermarket’
    • ‘He can also choose to pad his pockets by lifting the purses and jewels off passers-by as they walk through the streets.’
    • ‘He plays a high-stakes burglar who lifts the diamonds and then gets hoodwinked by a rival gang.’
    • ‘A Russian pensioner has been arrested after allegedly masterminding a scam geared to lifting the credit card number of Western tourists visiting Moscow cyber cafes.’
    • ‘The grey sports car was parked on Masonfield Crescent when burglars broke in to lift the keys and make their getaway in the early hours on Saturday.’
    • ‘‘Two people lifted a spoon to shoot up with yesterday and just walked out,’ she says.’
    • ‘I can cut wood and build fires, make tents of skin, sniff out a trail, steal chickens and eggs both, lift purses..’
    • ‘Punitive expeditions destroyed crops and stores and lifted cattle, leaving villagers to starve as a salutary lesson for resistance or revolt.’
    • ‘After surveying this web site, one gets the urge to check to see that your wallet has not been lifted.’
    • ‘Twenty-five per cent of house burglaries are sneak-ins and almost half are offences, where the burglar lifts keys from the house to steal the car.’
    • ‘Packed shopping centres are heaving with pickpockets, who lift thousands of credit cards a day at this time of year.’
    • ‘Apparently he immediately dismissed me as harmless - I wasn't going to shoplift or lift the cash register.’
    • ‘What is going on in Vienna is flatly felonious behavior that is lifting billions of dollars from the pockets of American citizens.’
    1. 5.1Use (a person's work or ideas) without permission or acknowledgment; plagiarize.
      ‘this is a hackneyed adventure lifted straight from a vintage Lassie episode’
      • ‘These scenes could have been lifted straight out of the Middle Ages.’
      • ‘His arguments are lifted straight from standard young earth creationist sources, as are his methods.’
      • ‘The material was lifted almost verbatim from a six-year-old book.’
      • ‘Designers themselves lift for different purposes, depending on the work at hand.’
      • ‘The newspaper lifted the photos and used them in their advert.’
      • ‘It could have been lifted straight out of the '80s.’
      • ‘It is the kind of story which could have been lifted straight from the pages of one of her fictional tales.’
      • ‘I noted previously that it lifted quotes from their contexts out of the books of textual-criticism scholars.’
      • ‘When the first hairstyle thief lifts your look, it will be said that they are copying your style rather than vice versa.’
      • ‘Entire excerpts from previous movies are lifted, but with surreal twists on the already surreal situations insinuated to great comic success.’
      • ‘The congestion charge, introduced in London on Monday, has been lifted straight out of the professor's 1951 essay.’
      • ‘And it adds piquancy to the tale that many of these changes appear to be lifted straight out of her own book of cultural reform.’
      • ‘Kicking off in 1944, the film opens with the type of prologue that could have been lifted straight from the Indiana Jones escapade, Raiders of the Lost Ark.’
      • ‘One passage was lifted almost verbatim from a speech Bush made in February 2002.’

noun

  • 1A device incorporating a moving cable for carrying people, typically skiers, up or down a mountain.

    • ‘Cruising up the side of the mountain on a chair lift, the cold thin air brought tears to my eyes and I marvelled at the beauty of the peaks, the snow, the trees.’
    • ‘It has enough variety to please any telemarker with more than 3000 feet of vertical drop and a dozen lifts.’
    • ‘Can I climb mountains, ride a ski lift, and ski?’
    • ‘Private investors are expected to inject a further 300 million euro into tourist infrastructure, lifts and ski-runs.’
    • ‘Why do we stretch to the limits of our stamina and sometimes risk our lives climbing mountains, when chair lifts and gondolas provide comfort?’
    • ‘With the fire brigade's ladders too short to reach the lift, a mountain rescue team was called in to help.’
    • ‘Brando gave us a ride up the side of the mountain, to the first lift.’
    • ‘A maze of quality runs links lifts at the mountain top, the only fault being the lack of decent slopes heading back down into the town.’
    • ‘But almost 50 square miles of ski mountaineering terrain make the lifts pale in comparison.’
    • ‘However, the nursery slopes are also good and there are drag lifts, chair lifts and instructors to make it manageable.’
    • ‘The resort's East Mountain has a quad lift that serves skiers, snowboarders, and snow bikers.’
    • ‘She rested her head on his shoulder as the lift slowly climbed the mountain.’
    • ‘Development of vast acreages of adjacent public land for ski runs and lifts also takes its toll.’
    • ‘More than 80 lifts serve 220 kilometres of ski runs suitable for all abilities.’
    • ‘No, we don't envy them the parking problems, the lift lines, or even the lifts themselves.’
    • ‘She needs time in downhill mode, and lifts are the way to get it.’
    • ‘The notice at the foot of the Grouse Mountain chair lift, warning that there are no easy routes from the top, means what it says.’
    • ‘They snowboarded all over the mountain, using every lift and tow available to them.’
    • ‘It gives access to 125 miles of pistes and 460 lifts for around £100.’
    • ‘The year before, I had begun getting her used to the mountains by carrying her on lifts and skiing down gentle slopes, holding her in my arms like a baby kangaroo.’
    1. 1.1
      British term for elevator
    2. 1.2A built-up heel or device worn in a boot or shoe to make the wearer appear taller or to correct shortening of a leg.
      • ‘Showing more leg, when there is leg worth showing, will make you appear taller, as will a shoe with a little lift to it.’
      • ‘Differences greater than 2 cm may merit correction with heel lifts.’
      • ‘His critics like to joke that at 67, he still wears lifts in his shoes.’
      • ‘If not - and because she doesn't like wearing the lifts in her shoes - she will suffer back pain.’
      • ‘The patients were rehabilitated in a boot with a heel lift and were permitted full weightbearing as soon as tolerated.’
      • ‘Plus he wears lifts in his shoes which is a little weird.’
      • ‘On the other hand, folks who favor it say the double pivot compensates for the lower heel lift, and they say it thus has enough lift.’
      • ‘Okay, now I understand the different heel lifts, but how do I rotate it?’
      • ‘I also get to wear little lifts in my shoes, which makes me feel like a total dork.’
      • ‘Can you recommend anyone who sells shoes with lifts?’
      • ‘Some physicians have advocated the use of heel lifts to shorten the gastrocnemius muscle.’
      • ‘To keep your Achilles tendons happy it even has adjustable heel lifts.’
      • ‘He's also got a penchant for shoe lifts to add to his 5 foot 7 inch height.’
      • ‘This season's styles range from sandals with barely a lift and lower heels, to teetering spikes that can do some serious damage.’
      • ‘They also feature a heel lift for reduced lower leg stress on ascents and a simple binding system with a fixed pivot rod.’
  • 2An act of lifting.

    ‘weightlifters attempting a particularly heavy lift’
    • ‘There were none, except perhaps the slight lift of an eyebrow as he noticed Cory's gaze.’
    • ‘Substitutions can be made for the prescribed lifts if you lack the correct equipment.’
    • ‘The stronger you are, the faster and bigger you can grow, so continuously try to increase your lifts; but never at the expense of correct form.’
    • ‘To accomplish the latter, keep your heels close together and angle your toes slightly outward for lifts such as hack squats and leg presses.’
    • ‘That's why a classic lift called the bent press is one of my favorites.’
    • ‘This classic Olympic-style lift is an essential back and leg builder.’
    • ‘Rhinoplasty, tummy tucks, liposuction and eye lifts can provide a psychological boost and restore youthful confidence.’
    • ‘The bodice was constricting like a corset that gave lift to my bosom, but thankfully I could still breathe.’
    • ‘Performing the right number of basic lifts in the correct manner will be the major focus of our program.’
    • ‘Adding strength in these two compound lifts will directly improve your bench press power.’
    • ‘When lifting heavy objects, keep your back straight, bend at the knees and power the lift with your legs.’
    • ‘He appeared to get his lift wrong and could only manage a snatched, weak mid-high shot.’
    • ‘On that summer league floor, James showed off the best of Magic Johnson's towering court vision, and had Jordan's lift to boot.’
    • ‘I never do burns for heavy compound lifts, such as squats or bent rows.’
    • ‘The result is long legs, pointe shoes, pirouettes, leaps and lifts.’
    • ‘A two-handed lift is necessary, but two-handed lifts are much more difficult for most people to perform correctly.’
    • ‘The other two days, go light on these lifts but heavy on all others.’
    • ‘Until a year or so ago, his lefthanded batting stance included a high leg lift in which he swung his right foot back and forth through the box like a pendulum, as a timing device.’
    • ‘Their side-by-side combination spin was well synchronized, but the one-armed lift appeared somewhat shaky.’
    • ‘Teddy smirked and motioned to the bit of paper with a slight lift of his chin.’
    push, hoist, heave, thrust, shove, uplift, a helping hand
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    1. 2.1A rise in price or amount.
      ‘the company has already produced a 10 percent lift in profits’
      • ‘In the election it announced that it would provide tax refunds for first time babies with a view to encouraging a lift in the birth rate.’
      • ‘Beef prices are not strong enough to encourage suppliers to want to sell, and some are considering letting cattle out to grass in the hope of a lift in beef prices in April.’
      • ‘But they appear to have escaped major damage, and that led to a drop in the oil price and a lift in US shares.’
      • ‘This victory will give Sligo a huge lift in confidence.’
      • ‘Indeed, as I have said, it would give every single property owner in this country an immediate lift in the amount of money that is left in his or her pocket.’
      • ‘Any cut in interest rates next month, which is looking increasingly likely, will be too late to stimulate an end-of-year lift in consumer spending.’
      • ‘The targeted commercials yielded a 3 percent lift in total volume in the last quarter of running the spots.’
      • ‘It has been a big year with record profits, record sales and while a win in the ratings and a lift in profit margins.’
      • ‘If the opinion of woolgrowers at a sheep industry seminar in Launceston is anything to go by, producers are pinning their hopes on a lift in prices.’
      • ‘The price lift is not restricted to rice and oil.’
      • ‘There is nothing better than a lift in beef prices at the start of September to put more pep in the step of producers and yesterday was one of those days.’
      • ‘The politicians used the trust's billions to bestow favors on corporations whose share prices needed a lift or to bolster a sagging stock market.’
      • ‘But, at long last, we have seen a lift in the price and there is a little more stability.’
      • ‘Many people feel the urge for a caffeine or sugar lift at this time.’
      • ‘The monthly gain was the biggest in almost two years and received its biggest lift from a 10 percent sales jump.’
      • ‘"Perhaps they are trying to give the share price a lift, " he said.’
      • ‘And the third thing which has emerged just in the last few months in particular has been the big lift in commodity prices.’
      • ‘Any sign of encouragement could give a lift to shares, which have been trading near their all-time low point and are at a discount to others in the sector.’
      • ‘And he predicts a big lift in goat prices is on the way.’
      • ‘A win to level the series would be remarkable and would also serve as a great confidence lift prior to their trip to New Zealand tomorrow, where they will compete in a five-match series.’
    2. 2.2informal An instance of stealing or plagiarizing something.
    3. 2.3An upward force that counteracts the force of gravity, produced by changing the direction and speed of a moving stream of air.
      ‘it had separate engines to provide lift and generate forward speed’
      • ‘Gliding works by having a gliding airfoil design that generates lift forces, keeping the animal in the air longer.’
      • ‘Use only approach flaps, since they help provide lift, whereas landing flaps mainly produce drag.’
      • ‘I didn't find any but the lightest lift and landed five miles short.’
      • ‘If an airplane wing provides lift (an airfoil), how does a plane fly upside down?’
      • ‘We can work weak lift under the clouds and hang out.’
      • ‘It can decrease thrust, reduce lift, and increase drag.’
      • ‘Any secondary school physics text or pilot licence manual will tell you that aerofoils generate lift because of the Venturi effect.’
      • ‘The phenomenon increases the ratio of lift to drag for a wing.’
      • ‘Ideally, you want to feel the airplane's lift as if you were feeling the traction of a car on ice through the steering wheel.’
      • ‘Dimples on spinning golf balls reduce air resistance and increase lift by creating turbulence in the air flowing past the balls.’
      • ‘They plummeted as I stayed high and came in over their next weak lift.’
      • ‘Flaps do more than increase lift; they also increase drag, change pitch attitudes and so forth.’
      • ‘This helps increase lift, which is what you need at this point.’
      • ‘I find light lift under very thin clouds and drift quickly down wind in the 22 mph breeze.’
      • ‘I worked some weak lift under a big cloud then raced for the smoke.’
      • ‘The sudden loss of lift caused the airplane to descend rapidly to the runway.’
      • ‘The spoiler is a plate along the upper surface of an airplane wing, which functions to reduce the lift and increase its drag.’
      • ‘Bolt lift is increased, but for this purpose speed of fire is not a priority.’
      • ‘This makes it more agile, particularly at supersonic speeds; reduces drag; and gives it an overall increase in lift.’
      • ‘Such torques are proposed to be counteracted anteriorly by lift forces generated by the head and pectoral fins.’
    4. 2.4The maximum weight that an aircraft can raise.
      • ‘Just how large is the inertial force required to oscillate a wing relative to the total lift that the wing must support?’
      • ‘Under normal flying conditions, they do not increase the lift of the airplane or materially aid the maneuverability.’
      • ‘To sustain an airplane in the air it is enough that the lift be equal to the weight, but for an airplane take off the lift must be bigger than weight.’
  • 3A free ride in another person's vehicle.

    ‘Miss Green is giving me a lift back to school’
    • ‘Sometimes motorists will give a lift to someone not knowing that the individual is carrying illegal items.’
    • ‘Young drivers also appear willing to accept lifts from drivers they know to have taken illicit substances.’
    • ‘We all have stories about fellow pilots who gave us a lift when our airplanes were being stubborn, loaned us a car when we needed a ride or even taken us home to wait out the weather.’
    • ‘And he got a lift home from none other than the Mayor of Bolton.’
    • ‘But did he stay where he was and wait for the judge to give him a free lift in a police car courtesy of a bench warrant?’
    • ‘On a walk, at the theatre, in a bus, at a restaurant or a roadside joint, or even when a stranger, who is given a lift by you, rides on the pillion, people are strangely silent.’
    • ‘His counsel said that he was merely trying to appear cool while waiting for lifts outside the Bus depot.’
    • ‘They wanted a lift in her vehicle; there was no choice but to take them in.’
    • ‘The ride is akin to hitching a lift on the back of a horse drawn carriage.’
    • ‘He was a very private person but he would often give me a lift into Oxford if I was waiting for the bus.’
    • ‘The lads would sneak away from school to get a lift on the circus vehicles as they approached the town.’
    • ‘After it was done I needed a lift home, so I asked Steve.’
    • ‘I had eschewed the offer of a lift from my parents, wishing to appear independent and a free spirit.’
    • ‘She refused the offer of a lift back to the house she shared with three other students on Argyle Street.’
    • ‘Fortunately I managed to get a lift into town and dashed home to change my ridiculous shoes.’
    • ‘I forgot that Mack could've given me a lift… but it was too late to go all the way back to school because she would have left already.’
    • ‘It must have been the fine breakfast that dragged us out or the free lift from Tim.’
    • ‘A sleek black chauffeur-driven car pulled up and the elderly lady passenger asked if they would like a lift.’
    • ‘She almost wasn't, forgetting to book holiday and all, but she's got a free ticket, a lift down there.’
    • ‘Or maybe you enjoy a lift home, chatting over the day's events?’
    car ride, ride, run, drive, transportation, journey
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  • 4A feeling of encouragement or increased cheerfulness.

    ‘winning this game has given everyone on the team a lift’
    • ‘It was the first time this year and gave a satisfying lift to my spirits.’
    • ‘We want to give them a lift, encouraging the good ones to stick with it and resist the temptation to jack it all in and run off with a Spanish waiter.’
    • ‘After working alone, talk, laugh and interact with others for an instant lift.’
    • ‘‘It has given the security department a lift and it is encouraging that there is now a serious deterrent,’ he said.’
    • ‘If there is a winner it will give this team a big impetus and a massive lift going into the final four games.’
    • ‘He gave a lift and a spur to a BBC office which could often be in a state of chaos.’
    • ‘The office will be air-conditioned with stimulating scents and extra oxygen - to give a physical and psychological lift.’
    • ‘Their reaction, I'd guess, was a touch of awe mingled with the instant lift we all felt the moment we entered this space.’
    • ‘Knowing we have now got a match with Fulham to look forward to gives everyone a massive lift and it can only be good for your confidence.’
    • ‘If you know how to, supply these key resources, you'll give yourself an instant lift.’
    • ‘Just as champagne gives you an instant lift so chocolate, as it melts in the mouth, creates a feeling of euphoria and wellbeing.’
    • ‘As soon as we arrived at Frankton the sight of Lake Wakatipu and the mountains gave us a lift in spirits.’
    • ‘But don't expect media giants to get a big lift from their Chinese operations anytime soon.’
    boost, fillip, pick-me-up, stimulus, impetus, encouragement, spur, reassurance, aid, help, push
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Phrases

  • lift a finger (or hand)

    • [usually with negative]Make the slightest effort to do something, especially to help someone.

      ‘he never once lifted a finger to get Jimmy released from prison’
      • ‘Because if you see the frantic, almost hysterical, run-up to a Christmas Day blow-out as just one big hassle, there is a whole host of exciting options on hand to give you the very best Yuletide - without lifting a finger!’
      • ‘The sad fact is that many of these champions of liberty have never lifted a finger to defend said liberty with arms or real effort.’
      • ‘You might have heard about scam merchants offering to find grants for businesses, pocketing a fat consultancy fee and disappearing into the distance without lifting a finger.’
      • ‘Has anyone ever heard a politician offer to lift a finger for single people?’
      • ‘The question surely shouldn't be whether a politician lifts a finger to help a friend - but whether that help, if given, results in a distortion of policy, corruption or special treatment that is unavailable to others.’
      • ‘You can play this song and think of politicians, or officialdom, or your favourite target of hatred - its strength lies in its subtlety, its ability to point at decaying humanity without ever lifting a finger.’
      • ‘Can all of those who are opposed to the sale of the local amenity say with their hand on their heart that they ever lifted a finger to try to make a success of it?’
      • ‘Local councillors come and go, all express a sincere desire to commiserate, but none has ever lifted a finger.’
      • ‘And couldn't he lift a finger to help once and a while?’
      • ‘Indeed, for a mere $100,000 a year, your bathroom can be immaculately cleaned without ever lifting a finger.’
  • lift his (or its) leg

    • informal (of a male dog) urinate.

      • ‘I saw this little dog walk over to my car and lift his leg though.’
      • ‘In the short one-block distance from our house to hers he had already emptied his bladder, so I told her that if he lifted his leg to mark anything that she should just keep walking because he would be marking with imaginary pee.’
      • ‘He made across the grass towards the gate where the Little Train used to run, lifting his leg periodically to mark his territory, stepped through out into the road and proceeded off towards the beach.’
      • ‘He called, ‘Please tell me that critter isn't going to lift his leg to the tree.’’
      • ‘It is found guilty of lifting its leg and soiling the original theatrical aspect ratio of this film.’
      • ‘Mr and Mrs This-is-Max-he's a-Labrador took themselves and Max off so fast the poor dog didn't have time to lift his leg on the gate post as he passed.’
      • ‘If we are to gauge his abilities off his TKO win in 5 he might be lifting his leg on the wrong tree.’
      • ‘Chuck bolted outside to his favorite pee spot, lifted his leg, and I kid you not, he stood there for over 60 seconds holding the perfect yoga position.’
      • ‘When he got in the house he promptly lifted his leg and sprayed the furniture.’
      • ‘Red lifted his leg and peed happily upon a small sage bush.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • lift off

    • (of an aircraft, spacecraft, or rocket) rise from the ground or a launch pad, especially vertically.

      take off, be launched, blast off, leave the ground, become airborne, take to the air, take wing
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Origin

Middle English: from Old Norse lypta, of Germanic origin; related to loft.

Pronunciation:

lift

/lift/