- 1 (British English) (North American English elevator) [countable] a machine that carries people or goods up and down to different levels in a building or a mine It's on the sixth floor—let's take the lift. see also chairlift, drag lift, ski lift See related entries: House equipment, In the store free ride
- 2 (North American English also ride) [countable] a free ride in a car, etc. to a place you want to get to I'll give you a lift to the station. Could I have a lift into town? She hitched a lift on a truck. happier feeling
- 3[singular] a feeling of being happier or more confident than before synonym boost Passing the exam gave him a real lift. rising movement
- 4[singular] a movement in which something rises or is lifted up the puzzled lift of his eyebrows on aircraft
- 5 [uncountable] the upward pressure of air on an aircraft when flying compare drag Word Origin Middle English: from Old Norse lypta, of Germanic origin; related to loft.Extra examples He looked at me with a quizzical lift of his eyebrows. He offered us a lift home. The hotel has a private lift linking it to the beach. The lift serves the top four floors of the building. We stood by the roadside and thumbed a lift. We took the lift down to the ground floor. Winning the semi-final gave the team a huge lift. You’ll need your lift pass for the ski lifts. Could you give me a lift to the station? His car broke down and he hitched a lift into town. She offered me a lift home.