Definition of lift in English:

lift

verb

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

    ‘he lifted his trophy over his head’
    • ‘Bob dropped to the floor in a cross-legged position, then lifted himself onto the tips of his toes.’
    • ‘She lifted up his shirt and saw three thick red lines along his torso.’
    • ‘A warm hand lifted her chin upward as he leaned towards her and stared into her brown copper eyes.’
    • ‘Entranced by its beauty she gently lifted the lid.’
    • ‘Stepping in front of him, her hand gently lifted his chiseled chin, forcing him to stare at her.’
    • ‘Strong arms, built up from years of raising a child, lifted her up.’
    • ‘I took a deep breath and lifted myself into sitting position, taking the two with me.’
    • ‘He stepped forward and embraced his son, lifting him clear off the ground.’
    • ‘I ran my hand over the finely polished mahogany surface, and gently lifted the lid.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘"Let me see, " I said, lifting up his baggy shirt.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His black cape trailed behind him and was lifted by the gentle breeze that passed by.’
    • ‘With a sigh and a heave, she lifted herself up and meandered over to the filing cabinet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Raise your upper body as if your chin is being lifted straight up toward the ceiling.’
    • ‘The only time that a Burnley captain has lifted the famous old trophy was in 1914 and within months a World War had started.’
    • ‘I leaned over and grabbed her shoulders, lifting her up into a sitting position.’
    • ‘When the cure was complete, the probe was raised to lift the entire cell wall above the water level.’
    • ‘The thing lifted Ivan to eye level, looked at him for a few seconds, then dropped him.’
    raise, hoist, heave, haul up, uplift, heft, boost, raise aloft, raise up, upraise, elevate, thrust, hold high, bear aloft
    improve, boost, enhance, make better, invigorate, revitalize, upgrade, ameliorate
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    1. 1.1 Move (one's eyes or face) to face upward and look at someone or something.
      ‘he lifted his eyes from the paper for an instant’
      • ‘We must lift our eyes from the misleading and myopic platitudes of our politicians and look to the future.’
      • ‘Bent in two, I lifted my eyes and saw a roiling, black plume of ash and debris ascending into the sky.’
      • ‘This means nothing to me, because I'd not lift my eyes to find out what it was called.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Instead, let's lift our eyes and see how wide the American horizon has become.’
      • ‘And for the first time that day, Valerie lifted her eyes upwards and almost gasped at where she had wandered to.’
      • ‘She stays like that, lifting her face and her camera to the heavens, in the squawking aerial universe of all these flying creatures.’
      • ‘I stole fifteen minutes to go and sit on the patio, closing my eyes and lifting my face to the sun.’
      • ‘I stood on my feet and narrowed my eyes, lifting my face.’
      • ‘He stopped and closed his eyes, lifting his face to the sky.’
      • ‘Then some of them watch it on TV in the press box rather than lift their eyes two inches to see it for real.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He paused as the woman moved away, then lifted his eyes to the ceiling again.’
      • ‘A veil of acknowledgment swept across her face as she slowly lifted her eyes and shifted her expression to see me.’
      • ‘She closed her eyes and lifted her face to the sun poking momentarily from behind the clouds.’
      • ‘I didn't lift my face to look at her but spoke into her body.’
      • ‘I sat close to the fire, gazing into the glowing heart of it, and then lifting my eyes to the brightening stars.’
      • ‘Something stirs within me and I slowly lift my eyes to meet your glare.’
    2. 1.2no object Move upward; be raised.
      ‘Thomas's eyelids drowsily lifted’
      ‘their voices lifted in wails and cries’
      • ‘He ducked in behind the cargo ship, which was lifting sluggishly upwards.’
      • ‘I brought the tape home so my family could hear the 125 voices lifted in song.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But the voices lifted, and hands gestured for me to start, drowning out my own movements.’
      • ‘Grandma's old eyelids lifted and her mouth fell open all at once.’
      • ‘His eye-lids lifted and he managed a quirk of a smile in greeting.’
      • ‘What better time to hear gay and lesbian voices lifted in song?’
      • ‘Chris and Giovanni turned towards the energetic voice, eyebrows lifted.’
      • ‘His outside ears lift up, moving at the strange sounds.’
      • ‘Watch the miraculous gift of breath, as your diaphragm lifts up and pulls down.’
      • ‘His eyelids lifted, and his blue eyes focused directly on her.’
      • ‘Contracting her abs, she keeps her chin lifted and raises her upper torso as high as possible.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘By the end of the telling her voice had lifted and she herself shared a giggle at the overall predicament.’
      • ‘The lid easily lifted off of the box.’
      • ‘But her voice lifted and wavered, and it ended up a question more than it was a statement.’
    3. 1.3no 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’
      • ‘The fog was lifting, revealing a grey sky, and a metallic coloured ocean.’
      • ‘The opening quarter had been spoiled by a torrential downpour but as the clouds lifted, the action heated up.’
      • ‘The storm clouds lift, the storm clouds descend.’
      • ‘He noticed that there was a fog lifting and it was obscuring the moonlight.’
      • ‘Nor does it see the clouds lifting soon, whoever wins today's election.’
      • ‘As if in response, the rain had stopped, the clouds had lifted, and a welcome southern sun was shining.’
      • ‘When the clouds lift, you can see a patchwork of clearcuts and roads carved into the slopes.’
      • ‘I can't say I left with complete certainty and understanding, but some of the fog had lifted.’
      • ‘A cloud has lifted following the change in management.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We drove back towards York, and the clouds slowly lifted as we came down Garrowby Hill and through Stamford Bridge.’
      • ‘The fog is lifting, but too slowly, and we are just approaching one-quarter mile now.’
      • ‘On Tuesday afternoon, clouds lifted from the site for the first time.’
      • ‘However in the afternoon the fog lifted for a few hours to reveal the magnificent ship in all her glory.’
      • ‘The fog lifted at least, and Haley's eyes fluttered apart at last.’
      • ‘Yet when the clamour died away, the mists lifted to reveal what had been achieved.’
      • ‘Once the fog lifted from his tortured mind the crystal-clear clarity of yesteryear returned with another story.’
      • ‘The fog had lifted somewhat when we arrived, which is why they were able to successfully land.’
      • ‘The dark cloud has lifted to reveal a red haze, if you will.’
      • ‘Fifteen minutes later the clouds lifted and the sun began to shine again.’
      clear, rise, disperse, dissipate, disappear, vanish, dissolve, be dispelled, thin out, scatter
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    4. 1.4 Increase the volume or pitch of (one's voice)
      ‘Willie sang boldly, lifting up his voice’
      • ‘Before he climbed into the back seat, he turned to the house and lifted his voice to its full volume.’
      • ‘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.’
      amplify, raise, make louder, louden, increase
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    5. 1.5 Increase (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.’
      • ‘Australia's shipping lines are lifting prices to get back in the black.’
      • ‘Asian suppliers are lifting prices as demand remains strong and material costs increase.’
      • ‘In addition to war fears, oil prices were also lifted by a snowstorm which hit the east of the US over the weekend.’
      • ‘It is simply a method by which the overall ‘health’ levels will be lifted.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Farmers are now expecting prices to lift by an equivalent amount.’
      • ‘The company lifted its vehicle-use gas price by 0.2 yuan to 2.1 yuan per cubic metre last month.’
      • ‘This prompted tracker funds to buy the stock, lifting the share price even higher.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The level has now been lifted from the 1992 level to be equal to the adjusted consumer price index for this year, 2004.’
      • ‘It is perfectly true that an individual firm, or even several firms, can increase profits by monopolizing their product markets and lifting the price.’
      • ‘Refining alcohol would use tapioca as a raw material and the new industry is expected to lift the price of this agricultural product.’
      • ‘Investors want businesses to concentrate on pumping up the bottom line and lifting stock prices.’
      • ‘That should spark the economy and corporate profit growth, lifting stock prices, investors say.’
      • ‘It warned that it expected raw material prices to lift by a similar amount this year.’
      • ‘The rally in oil prices should lift profits at the oil company's exploration and production division.’
      • ‘The enormous wartime demand lifted prices and finally ended more than a decade of calamity and collapse on the American farm.’
      • ‘By hitting production and refining capacity it has pushed up an already high oil price, lifted petrol prices and led to shortages.’
      increase, raise, lift
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    6. 1.6 Hit or kick (a ball) high into the air.
      • ‘Flintoff bowled a widish one which Kasprowicz lifted to third man, but a diving Simon Jones could not hold on.’
      • ‘Howell lifted the resultant free kick over the bar.’
      • ‘The second lifted alarmingly off a length but was down the leg side and Bradman was able to duck and let it past.’
      • ‘The batter lifted a short fly ball to center field where the Orioles' Jackie Brandt made a shoe-string catch of the ball.’
      • ‘In the ninth, the devilish player lifted a long fly ball that fell behind him in center for a pinch-hit triple.’
      • ‘He'll never hit long homers, but he has such remarkable bat control that he can alter his swing to lift the ball.’
      • ‘On the next pitch, Dent lifted a high fly ball toward left field.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A bowler who exerts a lot of energy into lifting and turning the ball to get a lot of revolutions and hook.’
      • ‘With the ball lifted over his closest marker, he dispatched a powerful half volley.’
    7. 1.7 Perform cosmetic surgery on (especially the face or breasts) to reduce sagging.
      ‘surgeons lift and remove excess skin from the face and neck’
      • ‘The corneal periphery scars, and this is why a flap can be lifted months later for enhancement.’
      • ‘The mid-facelift is performed to lift this soft tissue back into a higher more youthful appearance.’
      • ‘This allows the nipple and areola complex to be lifted.’
      • ‘The skin will then be lifted up, pulled back and any excess will be trimmed off.’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘She pried her fingers from the root and lifted her up off the frozen ground.’
    • ‘Over a ton of weight was then lifted gingerly out of the soil by a crane.’
    • ‘The tray is pulled back under the car and lifted into its holding position.’
    • ‘She lifted herself up to a sitting position, and pulled her face close to his, as if she was about to kiss him.’
    • ‘And Jane felt as though a million bricks had been lifted off her shoulders.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It took four people to lift the trolley off the body.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He picked her up and lifted her up almost on her shoulder.’
    • ‘Feeling something crunch beneath him, he lifts himself up and pulls a crinkled plastic bag from the cushion.’
    • ‘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 had felt a sharp pain, but ignored it and lifted Raine off the floor and picked her up once more.’
    • ‘He pressed something into my hand as he kissed me; he lifted himself up and pulled me up after him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I myself am lifted onto another stretcher, carried into the ambulance, and set down beside Michael.’
    • ‘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.’
    pick up, grab, scoop up, gather up, snatch up, swoop up
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    1. 2.1 Transport 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He had been lifted up here by helicopter.’
      • ‘She was air lifted by helicopter to Airedale General Hospital at Steeton with non-life-threatening injuries.’
      • ‘Five men were injured and were lifted by medevac helicopter to another base.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Paratroopers who parachuted in will be lifted by crane back to their helicopters.’
      • ‘By the time a rescue helicopter lifted Don from the glacier, another storm threatened.’
      • ‘Vertical replenishment primarily involves using helicopters to lift cargo from a supply ship to a combatant ship.’
      • ‘A second helicopter was dispatched to lift him seven hours later.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We asked for an army helicopter to come and lift him out.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Everything, every single nut, bolt, screw, girder, steel cable, had to be lifted to those heights by helicopter, and winched down.’
      • ‘The large polar tents and camping gear would remain at the Lake Victoria campsite and be lifted out by helicopter later that season.’
      • ‘Naval helicopters could not lift army Land Rovers.’
      • ‘It became so large that the aquarium arranged for it to be lifted by helicopter to the ocean.’
      • ‘The group's handful of foreign staff, who were not hurt, were waiting for an American helicopter to lift them from the compound.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Among these were 2,132 people in isolated villages who were lifted out by helicopter.’
      airlift, transport by air, transport, move, transfer, fly, convey, shift
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    2. 2.2 Enable (someone or something) to escape from an unpleasant situation.
      ‘two billion barrels of oil that could lift this nation out of chronic poverty’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We had them rocking at one point, with Tom Greaves scoring a goal that lifted us.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But you will transcend these privations because New York on foot lifts you out of yourself, simply by being itself.’
      • ‘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.’
      improve, boost, enhance, make better, invigorate, revitalize, upgrade, ameliorate
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  • 3Raise (a person's spirits or confidence); encourage or cheer.

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

    ‘the European Community lifted its oil embargo against South Africa’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When the ban was finally lifted, in 2000, the cultural context had changed dramatically.’
    • ‘The latest surge follows Taiwan's decision last year to lift some restrictions on investing in China.’
    • ‘This situation will change in 2001 when that monopoly is lifted, allowing other phone operators to install equipment and offer their own local services.’
    • ‘Provincial and federal bans on offshore oil and gas development are also expected to be lifted in the near future.’
    • ‘In Europe, the ban would have to be lifted by the aviation authorities in the individual Member States.’
    • ‘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 embargo on this press release has been lifted ahead of schedule.’
    • ‘If the war ends soon and the trade sanctions are lifted, oil prices are likely to fall even further.’
    • ‘The ban on planting Barbary has been lifted in many communities where wheat production is not a livelihood.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the government Monday lifted the ban, and said it would welcome aid.’
    • ‘He lifted wage and price controls, which triggered inflation.’
    • ‘Some restrictions for senior and disabled permit holders using the local public transport system will be lifted from Sunday.’
    • ‘But this could now be lifted if member states agree to the guidelines.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Restrictions on light aircraft and helicopter flights were lifted overnight.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, last week the protective notice issued to 22 staff at the South East Regional Airport was been lifted.’
    • ‘Also on Monday, the ban on parking within 300 feet of an airport terminal will be lifted.’
    cancel, raise, remove, withdraw, revoke, rescind, annul, void, discontinue, countermand, relax, end, stop, terminate
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  • 5Use (a person's work or ideas) without permission or acknowledgment; plagiarize.

    ‘this is a hackneyed adventure lifted straight from a vintage Lassie episode’
    • ‘One passage was lifted almost verbatim from a speech Bush made in February 2002.’
    • ‘I noted previously that it lifted quotes from their contexts out of the books of textual-criticism scholars.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His arguments are lifted straight from standard young earth creationist sources, as are his methods.’
    • ‘When the first hairstyle thief lifts your look, it will be said that they are copying your style rather than vice versa.’
    • ‘These scenes could have been lifted straight out of the Middle Ages.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The newspaper lifted the photos and used them in their advert.’
    • ‘The congestion charge, introduced in London on Monday, has been lifted straight out of the professor's 1951 essay.’
    • ‘Designers themselves lift for different purposes, depending on the work at hand.’
    • ‘The material was lifted almost verbatim from a six-year-old book.’
    • ‘Entire excerpts from previous movies are lifted, but with surreal twists on the already surreal situations insinuated to great comic success.’
    • ‘It is the kind of story which could have been lifted straight from the pages of one of her fictional tales.’
    • ‘It could have been lifted straight out of the '80s.’
    plagiarize, pirate, copy, reproduce, poach, steal, borrow
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  • 6informal Steal (something, especially a minor item of property)

    ‘he had been caught lifting a coat from a department store’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Apparently he immediately dismissed me as harmless - I wasn't going to shoplift or lift the cash register.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He can also choose to pad his pockets by lifting the purses and jewels off passers-by as they walk through the streets.’
    • ‘‘Two people lifted a spoon to shoot up with yesterday and just walked out,’ she says.’
    • ‘He plays a high-stakes burglar who lifts the diamonds and then gets hoodwinked by a rival gang.’
    • ‘I can cut wood and build fires, make tents of skin, sniff out a trail, steal chickens and eggs both, lift purses..’
    • ‘Packed shopping centres are heaving with pickpockets, who lift thousands of credit cards a day at this time of year.’
    • ‘After surveying this web site, one gets the urge to check to see that your wallet has not been lifted.’
    • ‘Punitive expeditions destroyed crops and stores and lifted cattle, leaving villagers to starve as a salutary lesson for resistance or revolt.’
    • ‘What is going on in Vienna is flatly felonious behavior that is lifting billions of dollars from the pockets of American citizens.’
    steal, thieve, rob, pilfer, purloin, pocket, snatch, take, appropriate, abstract, help oneself to
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noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No, we don't envy them the parking problems, the lift lines, or even the lifts themselves.’
    • ‘They snowboarded all over the mountain, using every lift and tow available to them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘More than 80 lifts serve 220 kilometres of ski runs suitable for all abilities.’
    • ‘Brando gave us a ride up the side of the mountain, to the first lift.’
    • ‘However, the nursery slopes are also good and there are drag lifts, chair lifts and instructors to make it manageable.’
    • ‘Private investors are expected to inject a further 300 million euro into tourist infrastructure, lifts and ski-runs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Can I climb mountains, ride a ski lift, and ski?’
    • ‘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 gives access to 125 miles of pistes and 460 lifts for around £100.’
    • ‘Development of vast acreages of adjacent public land for ski runs and lifts also takes its toll.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It has enough variety to please any telemarker with more than 3000 feet of vertical drop and a dozen lifts.’
    1. 1.1British A platform or compartment housed in a shaft for raising and lowering people or things to different floors or levels; an elevator.
      elevator, hoist
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    2. 1.2 A built-up heel or device worn in a boot or shoe to make the wearer appear taller or to correct shortening of a leg.
      • ‘Differences greater than 2 cm may merit correction with heel lifts.’
      • ‘He's also got a penchant for shoe lifts to add to his 5 foot 7 inch height.’
      • ‘Okay, now I understand the different heel lifts, but how do I rotate it?’
      • ‘If not - and because she doesn't like wearing the lifts in her shoes - she will suffer back pain.’
      • ‘This season's styles range from sandals with barely a lift and lower heels, to teetering spikes that can do some serious damage.’
      • ‘The patients were rehabilitated in a boot with a heel lift and were permitted full weightbearing as soon as tolerated.’
      • ‘His critics like to joke that at 67, he still wears lifts in his shoes.’
      • ‘To keep your Achilles tendons happy it even has adjustable heel lifts.’
      • ‘They also feature a heel lift for reduced lower leg stress on ascents and a simple binding system with a fixed pivot rod.’
      • ‘Can you recommend anyone who sells shoes with lifts?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some physicians have advocated the use of heel lifts to shorten the gastrocnemius muscle.’
      • ‘Showing more leg, when there is leg worth showing, will make you appear taller, as will a shoe with a little lift to it.’
      • ‘Plus he wears lifts in his shoes which is a little weird.’
      • ‘I also get to wear little lifts in my shoes, which makes me feel like a total dork.’
  • 2An act of lifting.

    ‘weightlifters attempting a particularly heavy lift’
    • ‘A two-handed lift is necessary, but two-handed lifts are much more difficult for most people to perform correctly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That's why a classic lift called the bent press is one of my favorites.’
    • ‘Adding strength in these two compound lifts will directly improve your bench press power.’
    • ‘Performing the right number of basic lifts in the correct manner will be the major focus of our program.’
    • ‘He appeared to get his lift wrong and could only manage a snatched, weak mid-high shot.’
    • ‘The other two days, go light on these lifts but heavy on all others.’
    • ‘Their side-by-side combination spin was well synchronized, but the one-armed lift appeared somewhat shaky.’
    • ‘When lifting heavy objects, keep your back straight, bend at the knees and power the lift with your legs.’
    • ‘To accomplish the latter, keep your heels close together and angle your toes slightly outward for lifts such as hack squats and leg presses.’
    • ‘Rhinoplasty, tummy tucks, liposuction and eye lifts can provide a psychological boost and restore youthful confidence.’
    • ‘Substitutions can be made for the prescribed lifts if you lack the correct equipment.’
    • ‘Teddy smirked and motioned to the bit of paper with a slight lift of his chin.’
    • ‘On that summer league floor, James showed off the best of Magic Johnson's towering court vision, and had Jordan's lift to boot.’
    • ‘The result is long legs, pointe shoes, pirouettes, leaps and lifts.’
    • ‘The bodice was constricting like a corset that gave lift to my bosom, but thankfully I could still breathe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This classic Olympic-style lift is an essential back and leg builder.’
    • ‘I never do burns for heavy compound lifts, such as squats or bent rows.’
    • ‘There were none, except perhaps the slight lift of an eyebrow as he noticed Cory's gaze.’
    push, hoist, heave, thrust, shove, uplift, a helping hand
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    1. 2.1 A rise in price or amount.
      ‘the company has already produced a 10 percent lift in profits’
      • ‘The targeted commercials yielded a 3 percent lift in total volume in the last quarter of running the spots.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And he predicts a big lift in goat prices is on the way.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But, at long last, we have seen a lift in the price and there is a little more stability.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It has been a big year with record profits, record sales and while a win in the ratings and a lift in profit margins.’
      • ‘"Perhaps they are trying to give the share price a lift, " he said.’
      • ‘The price lift is not restricted to rice and oil.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The monthly gain was the biggest in almost two years and received its biggest lift from a 10 percent sales jump.’
      • ‘And the third thing which has emerged just in the last few months in particular has been the big lift in commodity prices.’
      • ‘Many people feel the urge for a caffeine or sugar lift at this time.’
      rise, leap, increase, upturn, upsurge, upswing, spiralling, escalation, elevation, boost, advance, augmentation
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    2. 2.2informal An instance of stealing or plagiarizing something.
    3. 2.3 An 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.’
      • ‘The sudden loss of lift caused the airplane to descend rapidly to the runway.’
      • ‘We can work weak lift under the clouds and hang out.’
      • ‘This helps increase lift, which is what you need at this point.’
      • ‘They plummeted as I stayed high and came in over their next weak lift.’
      • ‘Such torques are proposed to be counteracted anteriorly by lift forces generated by the head and pectoral fins.’
      • ‘Any secondary school physics text or pilot licence manual will tell you that aerofoils generate lift because of the Venturi effect.’
      • ‘If an airplane wing provides lift (an airfoil), how does a plane fly upside down?’
      • ‘The spoiler is a plate along the upper surface of an airplane wing, which functions to reduce the lift and increase its drag.’
      • ‘This makes it more agile, particularly at supersonic speeds; reduces drag; and gives it an overall increase in lift.’
      • ‘It can decrease thrust, reduce lift, and increase drag.’
      • ‘Use only approach flaps, since they help provide lift, whereas landing flaps mainly produce drag.’
      • ‘Bolt lift is increased, but for this purpose speed of fire is not a priority.’
      • ‘I didn't find any but the lightest lift and landed five miles short.’
      • ‘Flaps do more than increase lift; they also increase drag, change pitch attitudes and so forth.’
      • ‘I worked some weak lift under a big cloud then raced for the smoke.’
      • ‘Dimples on spinning golf balls reduce air resistance and increase lift by creating turbulence in the air flowing past the balls.’
      • ‘The phenomenon increases the ratio of lift to drag for a wing.’
      • ‘I find light lift under very thin clouds and drift quickly down wind in the 22 mph breeze.’
      • ‘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.’
    4. 2.4 The 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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Under normal flying conditions, they do not increase the lift of the airplane or materially aid the maneuverability.’
  • 3A free ride in another person's vehicle.

    ‘Miss Green is giving me a lift back to school’
    • ‘After it was done I needed a lift home, so I asked Steve.’
    • ‘Fortunately I managed to get a lift into town and dashed home to change my ridiculous shoes.’
    • ‘And he got a lift home from none other than the Mayor of Bolton.’
    • ‘It must have been the fine breakfast that dragged us out or the free lift from Tim.’
    • ‘Sometimes motorists will give a lift to someone not knowing that the individual is carrying illegal items.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I had eschewed the offer of a lift from my parents, wishing to appear independent and a free spirit.’
    • ‘The ride is akin to hitching a lift on the back of a horse drawn carriage.’
    • ‘A sleek black chauffeur-driven car pulled up and the elderly lady passenger asked if they would like a lift.’
    • ‘He was a very private person but he would often give me a lift into Oxford if I was waiting for the bus.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘She refused the offer of a lift back to the house she shared with three other students on Argyle Street.’
    • ‘Young drivers also appear willing to accept lifts from drivers they know to have taken illicit substances.’
    • ‘The lads would sneak away from school to get a lift on the circus vehicles as they approached the town.’
    • ‘Or maybe you enjoy a lift home, chatting over the day's events?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She almost wasn't, forgetting to book holiday and all, but she's got a free ticket, a lift down there.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘But don't expect media giants to get a big lift from their Chinese operations anytime soon.’
    • ‘After working alone, talk, laugh and interact with others for 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.’
    • ‘He gave a lift and a spur to a BBC office which could often be in a state of chaos.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The office will be air-conditioned with stimulating scents and extra oxygen - to give a physical and psychological lift.’
    • ‘It was the first time this year and gave a satisfying lift to my spirits.’
    • ‘As soon as we arrived at Frankton the sight of Lake Wakatipu and the mountains gave us a lift in spirits.’
    • ‘If you know how to, supply these key resources, you'll give yourself an instant 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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    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 negativeMake the slightest effort to do something, especially to help someone.

      ‘he never once lifted a finger to get Jimmy released from prison’
      • ‘Local councillors come and go, all express a sincere desire to commiserate, but none has ever lifted a finger.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And couldn't he lift a finger to help once and a while?’
      • ‘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 sad fact is that many of these champions of liberty have never lifted a finger to defend said liberty with arms or real effort.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When he got in the house he promptly lifted his leg and sprayed the furniture.’
      • ‘If we are to gauge his abilities off his TKO win in 5 he might be lifting his leg on the wrong tree.’
      • ‘Red lifted his leg and peed happily upon a small sage bush.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I saw this little dog walk over to my car and lift his leg though.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • lift off

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

      • ‘One alleged problem was that, nearing its 252 mph top speed, it began to lift off like an aeroplane.’
      • ‘Marine Cobra helicopters lifted off as tracer fire criss-crossed the north end of the airport, it said.’
      • ‘Finally, when the airplane has less than 20 feet of runway left, there is a sudden change in the pitch of the shouts as everyone screams at once, and at the very last moment the airplane lifts off and is airborne.’
      • ‘The report says that as the aging helicopter lifted off the deck of HMCS Iroquois, the pilot gave the aircraft too much power.’
      • ‘As the aircraft lifts off, put in a slow, steady, forward elevator pressure - just enough to keep it from climbing, but not so much that you descend back onto the runway.’
      • ‘Then - the mission complete - the helicopters lifted off, turning for the border and safety.’
      • ‘By the time a STARS helicopter lifts off, a team of experts has already gone into action - both in the air and on the ground.’
      • ‘Plan your takeoff, so you'll lift off before the rotation point of the other aircraft.’
      • ‘One of his mightiest inventions was the Dirigibelle, a vast steam-powered Zeppelin which would lift off from Brighton Pier, and float across the English Channel.’
      • ‘To applause from watching crowds, it lifts off from Heathrow to successfully completed its first full transatlantic flight since its grounding last year.’
      • ‘They can improve current systems, or develop new products, like a rocket that lifts off on invisible laser beams.’
      • ‘The coordinator could not contain the gloat as the aircraft lifted off to record another on-time take off.’
      • ‘The Douglas engineers he contacted said if he added another 1000 gallons the airplane would not lift off.’
      • ‘As night approached, four CH - 46 Sea Knight helicopters lifted off the Roosevelt's deck.’
      • ‘Witnesses said the takeoff roll was long and the airplane went almost the entire length of the runway before lifting off.’
      • ‘He shouted over the rotor noises of the helicopter as it lifted off from the site.’
      • ‘The first privately funded spacecraft lifts off from an airstrip in the Mojave Desert.’
      • ‘One by one, the insects march up blades of grass, waiting until dusk to lift off like miniature helicopters into the night.’
      • ‘The first airship is due to lift off from a special base being constructed at a hanger in the village of Briesen near Berlin.’
      • ‘Tailwinds produce excessive rolling speeds prior to lifting off and following touchdown.’
      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//lɪft/