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Dictionary Definition

lift

Noun

1 the act of giving temporary assistance
2 the component of the aerodynamic forces acting on an airfoil that opposes gravity [syn: aerodynamic lift]
3 the event of something being raised upward; "an elevation of the temperature in the afternoon"; "a raising of the land resulting from volcanic activity" [syn: elevation, raising]
4 a wave that lifts the surface of the water or ground [syn: rise]
5 a powered conveyance that carries skiers up a hill [syn: 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 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 [syn: 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" [syn: 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) [syn: 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"; "fireman learn several different raises for getting ladders up" [syn: raise, heave]

Verb

1 raise from a lower to a higher position; "Raise your hands"; "Lift a load" [syn: raise, elevate, get up, bring up] [ant: lower]
2 take hold of something and move it to a different location; "lift the box onto the table"
3 move upwards; "lift one's eyes" [syn: raise]
4 move upward; "The fog lifted"; "The smoke arose from the forest fire"; "The mist uprose from the meadows" [syn: rise, arise, move up, go up, come up, uprise] [ant: descend]
5 make audible; "He lifted a war whoop"
6 annul by recalling or rescinding; "He revoked the ban on smoking"; "lift an embargo"; "vacate a death sentence" [syn: revoke, annul, countermand, reverse, repeal, overturn, rescind, vacate]
7 make off with belongings of others [syn: pilfer, cabbage, purloin, pinch, abstract, snarf, swipe, hook, sneak, filch, nobble]
8 raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help; "hoist the bicycle onto the roof of the car" [syn: hoist, wind]
9 invigorate or heighten; "lift my spirits"; "lift his ego" [syn: raise]
10 raise in rank or condition; "The new law lifted many people from poverty" [syn: raise, elevate]
11 take off or away by decreasing; "lift the pressure"
12 rise up; "The building rose before them" [syn: rise, rear]
13 pay off (a mortgage)
14 take without referencing from someone else's writing or speech; of intellectual property [syn: plagiarize, plagiarise]
15 take illegally; "rustle cattle" [syn: rustle]
16 fly people or goods to or from places not accessible by other means; "Food is airlifted into Bosnia" [syn: airlift]
17 take (root crops) out of the ground; "lift potatoes"
18 call to stop the hunt or to retire, as of hunting dogs
19 rise upward, as from pressure or moisture; "The floor is lifting slowly"
20 put an end to; "lift a ban"; "raise a siege" [syn: raise]
21 remove (hair) by scalping
22 remove from a seedbed or from a nursery; "lift the tulip bulbs"
23 remove from a surface; "the detective carefully lifted some fingerprints from the table"
24 perform cosmetic surgery on someone's face [syn: face-lift]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. Mechanical device for vertically transporting goods or people between floors in a building; an elevator.
    Take the lift to the fourth floor.
  2. The act of transporting someone in a vehicle; a ride; a trip.
    He gave me a lift to the bus station.
  3. An upward force, such as the force that keeps aircraft aloft.

Synonyms

Translations

mechanical device for vertically transporting goods or people
  • Bosnian: lift
  • Bulgarian: асансьор
  • Croatian: lift
  • Czech: výtah
  • Danish: elevator
  • Dutch: lift
  • Finnish: hissi
  • French: ascenseur
  • German: Lift
  • Hungarian: lift, felvonó
  • Italian: ascensore
  • Japanese: エレベーター
  • Korean: 엘리베이터 (ellibeiteo), 승강기 (昇降機 seungganggi)
  • Polish: winda
  • Portuguese: elevador
  • Serbian:
    Cyrillic: лифт
    Roman: lift
  • Slovak: výťah, lift
  • Swedish: hiss
the act of transporting someone in a vehicle
an upward force
  • Danish: løft
  • Finnish: noste, nosto
  • French: portance
  • German: Auftrieb
  • Swedish: lyft

See also

Verb

  1. to raise
  2. to steal

Translations

to raise
to steal
  • Danish: stjæle
  • German: klauen, stehlen

Bosnian

Etymology

From lift.

Noun

lift s (p: liftovi)

Croatian

Etymology

From lift.

Declension

Danish

Noun

lift
  1. The non-commercial act of transporting someone in a vehicle: ride
  2. boost
  3. carrycot

Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

lift
  1. an elevator
  2. The non-commercial act of transporting someone in a vehicle: ride

German

Noun

Lift

Serbian

Etymology

From lift.

Noun

lift s (p: liftovi)

Cyrillic spelling

Slovak

Noun

lift , lifty p
lift stem
liftu

Noun

lift
  1. an elevator
  2. altitude adjustor

Extensive Definition

Lift may mean:
Lift may also refer to:
  • Airlift, in logistics, the act of transporting people or cargo from point to point using aircraft
  • Elevator, called a lift in British English, a device used for raising and lowering people or goods
    • Rack lift, a type of elevator
    • Ski lift, an aerial or surface lift for uphill transport
    • Space elevator, a hypothetical structure for transporting material from a planet's surface into space
    • Wheelchair lift (also called a "platform lift"), a powered device to assist a person in a wheelchair in passing a vertical barrier.
  • Elevator shoe, an insole device that makes a person appear taller
  • Figure skating lifts
  • Forklift, a trucking device
  • Hitchhiking, a form of transport in which the traveller tries to get a lift (or ride) from another traveller
  • Suspension lift, an automobile modification to increase the ride height
  • Homotopy lifting property, in mathematics, a unique path over a map
  • Retake or lift, a symbol used in musical notation
  • LIFT (Logically Integrated FORTRAN Translator), a program for the UNIVAC 1108 that converted FORTRAN II source code to FORTRAN V source code
lift in Danish: Lift
lift in German: Lift
lift in Dutch: Lift
lift in Japanese: リフト
lift in Swedish: Lift

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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