- I UK [lɪft] / US
Word forms "lift":
present tense I/you/we/they lift he/she/it lifts present participle lifting past tense lifted past participle lifted
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 anotherlift 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 upwards so that you can look at somethinglift something from something:lift something to something:
He lifted his eyes from the newspaper as Kate walked into the room.
Ruth lifted her face to the sun.d) [intransitive/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 inlift someone out of something:
economic measures designed to lift the country out of recession3) [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.•
Nouns frequently used as objects of lift
▪ ban, blockade, curfew, embargo, restriction, sanction4) [intransitive] if a bad mood or bad feeling lifts, you start to feel happiera) [transitive] to make someone feel happierlift someone's spirits:
She was lifted a little by the news that they had phoned.
Being in the sunshine all day really lifted my spirits.b) [intransitive/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.5) [intransitive] if something such as cloud or fog lifts, the weather improves and you can see clearly again6)a) [transitive] informal to steal something
I watched him lift a couple of CDs and stuff them into his jacket.b) if you lift someone else's words or ideas, you use them and pretend that they are yours7) [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 ground9) lift or lift up[intransitive/transitive] formal if your voice lifts, or if you lift it, you start to talk more loudly10) [transitive] to airlift something or someone
The two men have been lifted to safety.•- lift off- lift up
II UK [lɪft] / US noun
Word forms "lift":
singular lift plural lifts
1) [countable] an occasion when someone takes you somewhere in their car. The American word is ridegive someone a lift:
I can give you a lift into town.2) [countable] British a machine that carries people up or down between different levels of a tall building. The American word is elevatortake the lift:
Do you want to take the lift or use the stairs?3) [countable] a movement in which something is lifted
a slight lift of the shoulders4) [singular] informal if something gives you a lift, or if you get a lift from it, it makes you feel happier5) [uncountable] physics the force that makes an aircraft leave the ground and stay in the air
English dictionary. 2014.