lift meaning

[ lift ] Pronunciation:   "lift" in a sentence
Verb: lift  lift
  1. Raise from a lower to a higher position
    "Lift a load"
Noun: lift  lift
  1. The act of giving temporary assistance 
  2. The component of the aerodynamic forces acting on an airfoil that opposes gravity
    - aerodynamic lift 
  3. The event of something being raised upward
    - elevation, raising 
  4. A wave that lifts the surface of the water or ground
    - rise 
  5. A powered conveyance that carries skiers up a hill
    - ski tow, ski lift 
  6. A device worn in a shoe or boot to make the wearer look taller or to correct a shortened leg 
  7. One of the layers forming the heel of a shoe or boot 
  8. [Brit] Lifting device consisting of a platform or cage that is raised and lowered mechanically in a vertical shaft in order to move people from one floor to another in a building
    - elevator 
  9. Plastic surgery to remove wrinkles and other signs of aging from your face; an incision is made near the hair line and skin is pulled back and excess tissue is excised
    "some actresses have more than one face lift"
    - face lift, facelift, face lifting, cosmetic surgery, rhytidectomy, rhytidoplasty, nip and tuck 
  10. Transportation of people or goods by air (especially when other means of access are unavailable)
    - airlift 
  11. A ride in a car
    "he gave me a lift home" 
  12. The act of raising something
    "he responded with a lift of his eyebrow"
    - raise, heave

Derived forms: lifting, lifted, lifts

See also: lift up, lifter

Type of: actuation, aerodynamic force, aid, alter, ameliorate, amend, anaplasty, appear, ascension, ascent, assist, assistance, bed, better, buckle, call, cancel, change, conveyance, device, dig, dig out, displace, drive, emit, end, fly, go, heave, help, improve, layer, let loose, let out, lifting device, liquidate, locomote, look, meliorate, modify, move, moving ridge, operate, operate on, pay off, plastic surgery, propulsion, reconstructive surgery, remove, ride, rise, rising, scalp, seem, send for, steal, strike down, take, take away, terminate, transfer, transferral, transport, transportation, travel, utter, warp, wave, withdraw

Part of: building, edifice, heel

Encyclopedia: Lift

[American slang]
n. a ride; transportation.
• Can you give me a lift?
• Would you like a lift over to your apartment?


An elevator used on the stage of a theater, in the orchestra pit, or on the apron.


British term for elevator.


A handle or projection from the lower sash in a hung window, used as a grip in raising the sash; also called a sash lift.


One of a number of frames of scaffolding erected one above another in a vertical direction.


The concrete placed between two consecutive horizontal construction joints; usually consists of several layers or courses.


In reinforced concrete construction, that portion of a wall, pier, abutment, etc., placed in a single pour.


The amount of grouting or mortar placed at a single time in a building structure.


In a multi-level excavation, a bench or step.

verb, noun


1 [+ obj]

to make an amount or level of sth greater:

The number of new jobs this year helped lift consumer confidence and incomes.

US sales could be lifted to more than 70 000 a year.

2 [+ obj or no obj]

to become or to make sth become more valuable or successful:

efforts to lift the economy out of recession

Some stocks lifted yesterday.

3 [+ obj]

to remove or end a restriction, policy or threat:

The ban was later lifted.

efforts to lift economic sanctions

The government agreed to lift restrictions on foreign investors owning more than 49.5 per cent of the shares.

4 [+ obj]

to raise sth to a higher position or level:

There are special ways of lifting large, heavy objects.

The rope can lift a weight of 60 tons.

lifting noun [U]:

a partial lifting of the ban

Who will do the heavy lifting?


1 [C, usually sing.]

an increase in sth; an improvement in sth:

We recorded a 3% lift in sales in April.

Oil stocks got a lift from rising crude prices.

The lift to markets came from Germany.

We're seeing a lift by the tech sector.

2 (BrE) (AmE elevator) [C]

a machine that carries people or goods up and down to different levels in a building or a mine:

It's on the sixth floor-let's take the lift.

1) Any favourable transaction.

2) A rise in the market on favourable news.

An increase in securities prices, as shown by some economic indicator.

n : FACE-LIFTlift vt


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  1. the driver gave him a lift to the station.
  2. can you give me a lift if you are mobile?
  3. he is strong enough to lift a piano alone.
  4. i will give you a lift to the station.
  5. help me to lift the chest up on the table.

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