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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.Raising and lowering 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.Raising and lowering

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.Raising and lowering

lift verb (MAKE LOUD)

[T] literary to make your voice louder, especially when performingIncreasing and intensifying

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.Making things betterBecoming better

lift verb (MAKE HAPPY)

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

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.Clouds, dew, fog and steam

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.Causing something to endComing to an end

lift verb (STEAL)

[T] informal to steal somethingStealing [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.Faking and pretendingCopying and copiesForgery

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.Stairs and liftsMachinery and machinesHousehold equipment and domestic chores

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.Raising and lowering [U] specialized engineering the force on the wing of a bird or aircraft that keeps it in the air as it moves forwardTravelling by aircraftAviationMovement through the airMovement through the airAviationTravelling by aircraft

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.Journeys

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.Causing pleasureReassuring
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