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Definition of Lift


  1. The sky; the atmosphere; the firmament.
  2. 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.
  3. To raise, elevate, exalt, improve, in rank, condition, estimation, character, etc.; -- often with up.
  4. To bear; to support.
  5. To collect, as moneys due; to raise.
  6. To steal; to carry off by theft (esp. cattle); as, to lift a drove of cattle.
  7. To try to raise something; to exert the strength for raising or bearing.
  8. To rise; to become or appear raised or elevated; as, the fog lifts; the land lifts to a ship approaching it.
  9. To live by theft.
  10. Act of lifting; also, that which is lifted.
  11. The space or distance through which anything is lifted; as, a long lift.
  12. Help; assistance, as by lifting; as, to give one a lift in a wagon.
  13. That by means of which a person or thing lifts or is lifted
  14. A hoisting machine; an elevator; a dumb waiter.
  15. A handle.
  16. An exercising machine.
  17. A rise; a degree of elevation; as, the lift of a lock in canals.
  18. A lift gate. See Lift gate, below.
  19. A rope leading from the masthead to the extremity of a yard below; -- used for raising or supporting the end of the yard.
  20. One of the steps of a cone pulley.
  21. A layer of leather in the heel.
  22. That portion of the vibration of a balance during which the impulse is given.

Lift Quotations

For there is no friend like a sister in calm or stormy weather; To cheer one on the tedious way, to fetch one if one goes astray, to lift one if one totters down, to strengthen whilst one stands.
Christina Rossetti

Yes, love indeed is light from heaven; A spark of that immortal fire with angels shared, by Allah given to lift from earth our low desire.
Lord Byron

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. - Booker T. Washington
If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.
Booker T. Washington

My music is homegrown from the garden of New Orleans. Music is everything to me short of breathing. Music also has a role to lift you up - not to be escapist but to take you out of misery.
Allen Toussaint

Kind words not only lift our spirits in the moment they are given, but they can linger with us over the years.
Joseph B. Wirthlin
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Lift Translations

lift in Afrikaans is optrek, hyser, styg
lift in Dutch is opgraven, rooien
lift in Finnish is nostaa
lift in Portuguese is ascensor, elevador
lift in Spanish is cscensor, subir, ascensor, cscensor, levantar
lift in Swedish is hiss, lyfta
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