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Uplift vs. Lift: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 25, 2023
Uplift refers to raising something emotionally or spiritually, while lift means to physically raise or elevate something.
Uplift vs. Lift

Key Differences

Uplift often implies an improvement in emotional or spiritual well-being, while lift is about physically moving something upwards.
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The term uplift is used metaphorically to denote enhancing someone's mood or moral, whereas lift is literal, involving the physical act of raising.
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Uplift can relate to intellectual or cultural enhancement, while lift is more about mechanical or physical action.
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In a social context, to uplift someone means to inspire or elevate them emotionally, whereas to lift something refers to picking it up or elevating it.
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Uplift can also mean to elevate a community or group, improving their circumstances, while lift is focused on the physical aspect of raising or elevating objects.
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Comparison Chart

Meaning

Emotional or spiritual elevation.
Physical action of raising or elevating.
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Usage

Metaphorical, relating to morale or mood.
Literal, involving physical movement.
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Context

Often used in social, emotional contexts.
Used in physical, mechanical contexts.
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Purpose

To inspire, improve morale or conditions.
To move or elevate objects or persons.
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Nature

Intangible, abstract improvement.
Tangible, concrete action.
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Uplift and Lift Definitions

Uplift

Uplift can refer to improving or elevating something intellectually.
The new policy was designed to uplift the educational standards.
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Lift

Lift means to raise something to a higher position.
He had to lift the heavy box onto the shelf.
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Uplift

Uplift involves elevating someone's social or economic status.
The charity works to uplift impoverished communities.
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Lift

Lift can refer to giving someone a ride in a vehicle.
Can you give me a lift to the airport?
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Uplift

Uplift means to raise someone's spirits or morale.
Her kind words served to uplift the team's spirit.
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Lift

Lift involves temporarily removing or alleviating something.
The judge decided to lift the injunction.
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Uplift

Uplift can also mean to inspire or make someone feel better.
The motivational speaker uplifted the audience with his speech.
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Lift

Lift also means to elevate someone physically.
The crowd lifted the hero on their shoulders.
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Uplift

Uplift implies a positive impact on one's emotional state.
Listening to uplifting music can improve your mood.
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Lift

To direct or carry from a lower to a higher position; raise
Lift one's eyes.
Lifted the suitcase.
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Uplift

To raise; elevate.
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Lift

To transport by air
The helicopter lifted the entire team to the meet.
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Uplift

To raise to a higher social, intellectual, or moral level or condition.
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Lift

To revoke by taking back; rescind
Lifted the embargo.
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Uplift

To raise to spiritual or emotional heights; exalt
Music that uplifts the spirit.
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Lift

To bring an end to (a blockade or siege) by removing forces.
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Uplift

Uplifted.
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Lift

To cease (artillery fire) in an area.
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Uplift

The act, process, or result of raising or lifting up.
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Lift

To raise in condition, rank, or esteem
Work that lifted her in the eyes of her colleagues.
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Uplift

An effort or a movement to improve social, moral, or intellectual standards.
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Lift

To uplift; elate
Your telephone call really lifted my spirits.
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Uplift

(Geology) An upheaval.
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Lift

To remove (plants) from the ground for transplanting.
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Uplift

To raise something or someone to a higher physical, social, moral, intellectual, spiritual or emotional level.
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Lift

To project or sound in loud, clear tones
Lifted their voices in song.
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Uplift

To aggravate; to increase.
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Lift

(Informal) To steal; pilfer
A thief lifted my wallet.
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Uplift

To be accepted for carriage on a flight.
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Lift

(Informal) To copy from something already published; plagiarize
Lifted whole paragraphs from the encyclopedia.
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Uplift

(NZ) To remove (a child) from a damaging home environment by a social welfare organization.
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Lift

To pay off or clear (a debt or mortgage, for example).
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Uplift

To remove (a document) from its current possessor and take it into one's own possession.
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Lift

To perform cosmetic surgery on (the face, for example), especially in order to remove wrinkles or sagging skin.
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Uplift

The act or result of being uplifted.
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Lift

(Sports) To hit (a golf ball) very high into the air.
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Uplift

(geology) A tectonic upheaval, especially one that takes place in the process of mountain building.
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Lift

To pick up (a golf ball) to place it in a better lie.
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Uplift

(transport) The picking up and loading of goods to be transported by a mover.
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Lift

To shoot or flip (a puck) so that it rises sharply off the ice.
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Uplift

(colloquial) A brassiere that raises the breasts.
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Lift

To rise; ascend.
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Uplift

(legal) An increase in a fine or penalty due to aggravating circumstances.
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Lift

To yield to upward pressure
These windows lift easily.
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Uplift

To lift or raise aloft; to raise; to elevate; as, to uplift the arm; to uplift a rock.
Satan, talking to his nearest mate,With head uplift above the wave, and eyesThat sparkling blazed.
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Lift

To disappear or disperse by or as if by rising
By afternoon the smog had lifted.
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Uplift

A raising or upheaval of strata so as to disturb their regularity and uniformity, and to occasion folds, dislocations, and the like.
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Lift

To stop temporarily
The rain lifted by morning.
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Uplift

(geology) a rise of land to a higher elevation (as in the process of mountain building)
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Lift

To become elevated; soar
Their spirits lifted when help came.
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Uplift

A brassiere that lifts and supports the breasts
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Lift

The act or process of rising or raising to a higher position.
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Uplift

Fill with high spirits; fill with optimism;
Music can uplift your spirits
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Lift

Power or force available for raising
The lift of a pump.
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Uplift

Lift up from the earth, as by geologic forces;
The earth's movement uplifted this part of town
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Lift

An organized effort or a flight transporting supplies or people by airplane; an airlift.
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Uplift

Lift up or elevate
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Lift

The extent or height to which something is raised or rises; the amount of elevation.
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Lift

The distance or space through which something is raised or rises.
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Lift

A rise or an elevation in the level of the ground.
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Lift

An elevation of the spirits
The good news gave us a lift.
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Lift

A raised, high, or erect position, as of a part of the body
The lift of his chin.
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Lift

A machine or device designed to pick up, raise, or carry something.
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Lift

One of the layers of leather, rubber, or other material making up the heel of a shoe.
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Lift

Chiefly British A passenger or cargo elevator.
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Lift

A ride in a vehicle given to help someone reach a destination
Gave my friend a lift into town.
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Lift

Assistance or help
Gave her a lift with her heavy packages.
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Lift

A set of pumps used in a mine.
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Lift

The component of the total aerodynamic force acting on an airfoil or on an entire aircraft or winged missile perpendicular to the relative wind and normally exerted in an upward direction, opposing the pull of gravity.
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Lift

(ambitransitive) To raise or rise.
The fog eventually lifted, leaving the streets clear.
You never lift a finger to help me!
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Lift

To steal.
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Lift

To source directly without acknowledgement; to plagiarise.
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Lift

To arrest (a person).
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Lift

(transitive) To remove (a ban, restriction, etc.).
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Lift

(transitive) To alleviate, to lighten (pressure, tension, stress, etc.)
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Lift

(transitive) to cause to move upwards.
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Lift

To lift weights; to weight-lift.
She lifts twice a week at the gym.
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Lift

To try to raise something; to exert the strength for raising or bearing.
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Lift

To elevate or improve in rank, condition, etc.; often with up.
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Lift

(obsolete) To bear; to support.
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Lift

To collect, as moneys due; to raise.
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Lift

(programming) To transform (a function) into a corresponding function in a different context.
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Lift

(finance) To buy a security or other asset previously offered for sale.
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Lift

To take (hounds) off the existing scent and move them to another spot.
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Lift

An act of lifting or raising.
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Lift

The act of transporting someone in a vehicle; a ride; a trip.
He gave me a lift to the bus station.
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Lift

Mechanical device for vertically transporting goods or people between floors in a building.
Take the lift to the fourth floor.
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Lift

An upward force, such as the force that keeps aircraft aloft.
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Lift

(measurement) The difference in elevation between the upper pool and lower pool of a waterway, separated by lock.
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Lift

A thief.
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Lift

(dance) The lifting of a dance partner into the air.
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Lift

Permanent construction with a built-in platform that is lifted vertically.
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(figurative) An improvement in mood.
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Lift

The amount or weight to be lifted.
What's the maximum lift of this crane?
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Lift

The space or distance through which anything is lifted.
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Lift

A rise; a degree of elevation.
The lift of a lock in canals
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Lift

A liftgate.
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(nautical) A rope leading from the masthead to the extremity of a yard below, and used for raising or supporting the end of the yard.
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(engineering) One of the steps of a cone pulley.
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(shoemaking) A layer of leather in the heel of a shoe.
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(horology) That portion of the vibration of a balance during which the impulse is given.
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Lift

Air.
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Lift

The sky; the heavens; firmament; atmosphere.
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The sky; the atmosphere; the firmament.
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Lift

Act of lifting; also, that which is lifted.
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Lift

The space or distance through which anything is lifted; as, a long lift.
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Lift

Help; assistance, as by lifting.
The goat gives the fox a lift.
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Lift

That by means of which a person or thing lifts or is lifted
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Lift

A rise; a degree of elevation; as, the lift of a lock in canals.
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Lift

A lift gate. See Lift gate, below.
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Lift

A rope leading from the masthead to the extremity of a yard below; - used for raising or supporting the end of the yard.
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One of the steps of a cone pulley.
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A layer of leather in the heel.
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That portion of the vibration of a balance during which the impulse is given.
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Lift

A brightening of the spirits; encouragement; as, the campaign workers got a lift from the President's endorsement.
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Lift

To move in a direction opposite to that of gravitation; to raise; to elevate; to bring up from a lower place to a higher; to upheave; sometimes implying a continued support or holding in the higher place; - said of material things; as, to lift the foot or the hand; to lift a chair or a burden.
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Lift

To raise, elevate, exalt, improve, in rank, condition, estimation, character, etc.; - often with up.
The Roman virtues lift up mortal man.
Lest, being lifted up with pride.
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Lift

To bear; to support.
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Lift

To collect, as moneys due; to raise.
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To steal; to carry off by theft (esp. cattle); as, to lift a drove of cattle.
He ne'er lift up his hand but conquered.
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Lift

To try to raise something; to exert the strength for raising or bearing.
Strained by lifting at a weight too heavy.
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Lift

To rise; to become or appear raised or elevated; as, the fog lifts; the land lifts to a ship approaching it.
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Lift

To steal; also, to live by theft.
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Lift

The act of giving temporary assistance
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The component of the aerodynamic forces acting on an airfoil that opposes gravity
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The event of something being raised upward;
An elevation of the temperature in the afternoon
A raising of the land resulting from volcanic activity
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A wave that lifts the surface of the water or ground
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A powered conveyance that carries skiers up a hill
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A device worn in a shoe or boot to make the wearer look taller or to correct a shortened leg
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One of the layers forming the heel of a shoe or boot
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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
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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
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Transportation of people or goods by air (especially when other means of access are unavailable)
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A ride in a car;
He gave me a lift home
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Lift

The act of raising something;
He responded with a lift of his eyebrow
Fireman learn several different raises for getting ladders up
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Lift

Raise from a lower to a higher position;
Raise your hands
Lift a load
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Lift

Take hold of something and move it to a different location;
Lift the box onto the table
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Lift

Move upwards;
Lift one's eyes
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Move upward;
The fog lifted
The smoke arose from the forest fire
The mist uprose from the meadows
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Lift

Make audible;
He lifted a war whoop
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Lift

Annul by recalling or rescinding;
He revoked the ban on smoking
Lift an embargo
Vacate a death sentence
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Lift

Make off with belongings of others
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Raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help;
Hoist the bicycle onto the roof of the car
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Invigorate or heighten;
Lift my spirits
Lift his ego
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Raise in rank or condition;
The new law lifted many people from poverty
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Take off or away by decreasing;
Lift the pressure
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Rise up;
The building rose before them
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Pay off (a mortgage)
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Take without referencing from someone else's writing or speech; of intellectual property
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Take illegally;
Rustle cattle
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Lift

Fly people or goods to or from places not accessible by other means;
Food is airlifted into Bosnia
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Lift

Take (root crops) out of the ground;
Lift potatoes
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Lift

Call to stop the hunt or to retire, as of hunting dogs
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Rise upward, as from pressure or moisture;
The floor is lifting slowly
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Lift

Put an end to;
Lift a ban
Raise a siege
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Lift

Remove (hair) by scalping
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Lift

Remove from a seedbed or from a nursery;
Lift the tulip bulbs
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Lift

Remove from a surface;
The detective carefully lifted some fingerprints from the table
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Lift

Perform cosmetic surgery on someone's face
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Lift

Lift can refer to an elevator in British English.
Take the lift to the fifth floor.
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Does uplift imply permanent change?

Uplift often suggests a temporary but significant improvement.
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Can lift be used to refer to transportation?

Yes, lift can mean giving someone a ride in a vehicle.
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What does uplift mean?

Uplift refers to raising someone's spirits or improving well-being.
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Is lift used metaphorically?

Lift is usually used in a literal, physical context.
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What is the meaning of lift?

Lift means to physically raise or elevate something.
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Is uplift related to spirituality?

Uplift can have spiritual connotations, implying emotional or moral elevation.
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Is the term lift used in elevators globally?

Lift is commonly used to refer to elevators in British English.
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Can music be uplifting?

Yes, music can be uplifting by positively affecting emotions.
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Can uplift be used in a physical sense?

Uplift is typically used in a metaphorical, non-physical sense.
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Is lifting weights related to the term lift?

Yes, lifting weights is a physical activity related to the term lift.
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Can uplift be used in an educational context?

Uplift can be used in an educational context to imply enhancing standards or morale.
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Can lift be used in a legal context?

Yes, lift can be used in a legal context to refer to the removal of legal restrictions.
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Can lift mean to remove a restriction?

Yes, lift can mean to remove or alleviate a restriction or ban.
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Does uplift always involve others?

Uplift often involves others, but it can also refer to self-improvement.
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Does lift refer to temporary or permanent elevation?

Lift usually refers to a temporary elevation or movement.
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Is uplift a common term in psychology?

Uplift is used in psychology to describe actions or conditions that improve mental health.
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Does uplift always have a positive connotation?

Uplift generally has a positive connotation, implying improvement.
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Is lift a technical term in engineering?

Yes, lift is used in engineering to describe the force that raises or elevates.
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Can machinery be involved in lifting?

Yes, machinery can be used for lifting heavy objects.
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Can organizations uplift communities?

Yes, organizations can work to uplift communities socially or economically.
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