Definition of lift noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//lɪft//
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɪft//
    House equipment, In the store
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  1. 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
  2. free ride
  3. 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.
  4. happier feeling
  5. 3[singular] a feeling of being happier or more confident than before synonym boost Passing the exam gave him a real lift.
  6. rising movement
  7. 4[singular] a movement in which something rises or is lifted up the puzzled lift of his eyebrows
  8. on aircraft
  9. 5 [uncountable] the upward pressure of air on an aircraft when flying compare drag
  10. Word OriginMiddle 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.
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