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lift

verb uk   /lɪft/ us  

lift verb (RAISE)

B1 [T] to move something from a lower to a higher position: Could you help me lift this table, please? Could you lift your chair a bit - I've got my bag caught under it. She lifted the cigarette (up) to her lips. He lifted his eyes (= looked up) from the paper and glared. lift a/the cup to win a race or competition in which the prize is a metal cup: He is the hot favourite to lift the cup again next month. [T] specialized biology to dig underground vegetables or plants out of the ground: They're lifting potatoes.

lift verb (TAKE HOLD)

[I or T, usually + adv/prep] to take hold of and raise something in order to remove, carry, or move it to a different position: She lifted the baby out of her chair. He lifted the box carefully down from the shelf.

lift verb (MAKE LOUD)

[T] literary to make your voice louder, especially when performing

lift verb (MAKE INTERESTING)

[T] informal to make something more interesting or enjoyable: The article is informative enough, but it's a bit dull - we need something to lift it.

lift verb (MAKE HAPPY)

lift sb's spirits informal to make someone happier: Nothing - not even the prospect of dinner - could lift his spirits.

lift verb (GO AWAY)

[I] (of mist or fog) to go away until none is left: The morning mist had lifted and the sun was starting to come through.

lift verb (END)

[T] to end a rule or law: The restrictions on water usage have been lifted now that the river levels are normal. At last they've lifted the ban on jeans at the club.

lift verb (STEAL)

[T] informal to steal something [T] informal to use someone else's writing, music, or idea, pretending that it is your own: He'd lifted whole passages from a website.

lift

noun uk   /lɪft/ us  

lift noun (CARRYING DEVICE)

A2 [C] UK (US elevator) a device like a box which moves up and down, carrying people or goods from one floor of a building to another or taking people up and down underground in a mine: Take the lift to the sixth floor.

lift noun (RAISE)

[C or U] an act of lifting or raising something: Give it one more lift and we'll have it at the top of the stairs. [U] specialized engineering the force on the wing of a bird or aircraft that keeps it in the air as it moves forward

lift noun (JOURNEY)

A2 [C usually singular] a free journey in another person's vehicle, especially a car: I'll give you a lift to the station if you like. He hitched a lift (= stood by the road and made a signal asking a car to stop and take him) to Birmingham.

lift noun (MAKE HAPPY)

give sb a lift to make someone happier: She'd been feeling a bit low but hearing that she'd got the job gave her a lift.
(Definition of lift from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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