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



    BrE BrE//lɪft//
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɪft//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they lift
    BrE BrE//lɪft//
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɪft//
    he / she / it lifts
    BrE BrE//lɪfts//
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɪfts//
    past simple lifted
    BrE BrE//ˈlɪftɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪftɪd//
    past participle lifted
    BrE BrE//ˈlɪftɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪftɪd//
    -ing form lifting
    BrE BrE//ˈlɪftɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪftɪŋ//
    Committing crime
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  1. 1  [transitive, intransitive] to raise somebody/something or be raised to a higher position or level lift somebody/something (up) (+ adv./prep.) He stood there with his arms lifted above his head. I lifted the lid of the box and peered in. (figurative) John lifted his eyes (= looked up) from his book. lift (up) Her eyebrows lifted. ‘Apologize? Why?’
  2. move somebody/something
  3. 2  [transitive] lift somebody/something (+ adv./prep.) to take hold of somebody/something and move them/it to a different position I lifted the baby out of the chair. He lifted the suitcase down from the rack.
  4. 3[transitive] lift somebody/something (+ adv./prep.) to transport people or things by air The survivors were lifted to safety by helicopter. see also airlift
  5. remove law/rule
  6. 4  [transitive] lift something to remove or end restrictions to lift a ban/curfew/blockade Martial law has now been lifted.
  7. heart/spirits
  8. 5[intransitive, transitive] to become or make somebody more cheerful His heart lifted at the sight of her. lift something The news lifted our spirits.
  9. of mist/clouds
  10. 6[intransitive] to rise and disappear synonym disperse The fog began to lift. (figurative) Gradually my depression started to lift.
  11. steal
  12. 7[transitive] lift something (from somebody/something) (informal) to steal something He had been lifting electrical goods from the store where he worked. see also shoplifting See related entries: Committing crime
  13. copy ideas/words
  14. 8[transitive] lift something (from something) to use somebody’s ideas or words without asking permission or without saying where they come from synonym plagiarize She lifted most of the ideas from a book she had been reading.
  15. vegetables
  16. 9[transitive] lift something to dig up vegetables or plants from the ground to lift potatoes
  17. increase
  18. 10[transitive, intransitive] lift (something) to make the amount or level of something greater; to become greater in amount or level Interest rates were lifted yesterday.
  19. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old Norse lypta, of Germanic origin; related to loft.Extra examples Carefully lift the cake off the tray and cool on a wire rack. He felt as if an enormous weight had been lifted from his shoulders. He hugged her, almost lifting her off the ground. He lifted the baby out of its cot. Her head lifted sharply Juliet nodded, lifting her face to David’s. She leaned on him and he half lifted her down the stairs. She lifted back the sheet. She lifted the book up off the table. She lifted the child over the fence. She was lifted bodily aboard by two sailors. The box was so heavy I could barely lift it. The fog suddenly lifted. The government decided to lift the ban on arms exports. The heavy beams were lifted into place. The police managed to restore calm and the curfew was partially lifted. The redevelopment along the river should help lift property prices in the area. lines lifted from a famous poem to lift a ban/​curfew/​blockade John lifted his eyes from his book. to lift something up/​down/​into something/​from somethingIdioms
    not lift/raise a finger/hand (to do something)
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    (informal) to do nothing to help somebody The children never lift a finger to help around the house.
    Phrasal Verbslift off
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