lift1 [ lıft ] verb ***
▸ 1 move to higher position
▸ 2 improve situation
▸ 3 officially end rule/law
▸ 4 steal
▸ 5 when weather improves
▸ 6 start feeling happier
▸ 7 make amount increase
▸ 8 dig plants from ground
▸ 9 talk more loudly
▸ 10 airlift something/someone
1. ) lift or lift up transitive to move something to a higher position:
Lift the lid and look inside the box.
The phone rang and he lifted the receiver immediately.
a ) transitive to take something in your hands and move it from one place to another:
lift something off/onto/from etc.: We lifted the new books onto a shelf.
b ) intransitive to move to a higher position:
We watched the balloon lift slowly into the air.
c ) transitive to move your head or eyes upward so that you can look at something:
lift something from something: He lifted his eyes from the newspaper as Kate walked into the room.
lift something to something: Ruth lifted her face to the sun.
d ) intransitive or transitive to move a part of your body to a higher position:
Her shoulders lifted slightly but she didn't say anything.
Lie on the floor and try to lift your legs slowly.
2. ) transitive to improve the situation that someone or something is in:
lift someone out of something: economic measures designed to lift the country out of recession
3. ) transitive often passive to officially end a rule or law that stopped someone from doing something:
They're hoping to get the ban lifted by the end of the month.
4. ) transitive INFORMAL to steal something:
I watched him lift a couple of CDs and stuff them into his jacket.
a ) if you lift someone else's words or ideas, you use them and pretend that they are yours
5. ) intransitive if something such as cloud or FOG lifts, the weather improves and you can see clearly again
6. ) intransitive if a bad mood or bad feeling lifts, you start to feel happier
a ) transitive to make someone feel happier:
She was lifted a little by the news that they had called.
lift someone's spirits: Being in the sunshine all day really lifted my spirits.
b ) intransitive or transitive if a weight or BURDEN lifts or is lifted from you, you stop worrying about something and feel happier:
I felt as if a great financial burden had been lifted from my shoulders.
7. ) transitive to cause the amount or level of something to increase:
An increase in interest rates will lift the value of the dollar.
8. ) transitive to dig vegetables or other plants out of the ground
9. ) lift or lift up intransitive or transitive FORMAL if your voice lifts or you lift it, you start to talk more loudly
10. ) transitive to AIRLIFT something or someone:
The two men have been lifted to safety.
not lift a finger INFORMAL
to not help someone at all
,lift `off phrasal verb intransitive
when an aircraft or space vehicle lifts off, it goes up from the ground into the air
,lift `up phrasal verb
1. ) transitive same as LIFT1 1:
He lifted up the heavy bags.
2. ) intransitive or transitive same as LIFT1 9:
We could hear the gospel groups lift up their voices.
lift 2 [ lıft ] noun *
▸ 1 movement of lifting
▸ 2 happier feeling
▸ 3 when someone takes you in car
▸ 4 force raising aircraft
▸ 5 for going up/down
1. ) count a movement in which something is lifted:
a slight lift of the shoulders
2. ) singular INFORMAL if something gives you a lift or you get a lift from it, it makes you feel happier
3. ) count a RIDE in someone's car:
give someone a lift: I can give you a lift into town.
4. ) uncount SCIENCE the force that makes an aircraft leave the ground and stay in the air
5. ) count BRITISH an ELEVATOR

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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