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Meaning of “lift” in the English Dictionary

"lift" in British English

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liftverb

uk   us   /lɪft/
  • lift verb (RAISE)

B1 [T] to ​move something from a ​lower to a ​higherposition: Could you ​help me lift this ​table, ​please? Could you lift ​yourchair a little- I've got my ​coatcaught 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 ​hotfavourite to lift the ​cup again next ​month. [T] specialized biology to ​digundergroundvegetables or ​plants out of the ​ground: They're lifting ​potatoes.

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  • 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 ​boxcarefully down from the ​shelf.

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  • lift verb (GO AWAY)

[I] (of mist or fog) to go away until none is ​left: The ​morningmist had lifted and the ​sun was ​starting to come through.
  • 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 ​wholepassages from a ​website.

liftnoun

uk   us   /lɪft/
  • lift noun (CARRYING DEVICE)

A2 [C] UK (US elevator) a ​device like a ​box that ​moves up and down, ​carryingpeople 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.

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  • The lift isn't ​working.
  • We got ​stuck in the lift.
  • Take the lift to the ​topfloor.
  • We went up in the lift.
  • He is ​scared to go in lifts.
  • 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 ​movesforward
  • lift noun (JOURNEY)

A2 [C usually singular] a ​freejourney in another person's ​vehicle, ​especially a ​car: I'll give you a lift to the ​trainstation if you like. He hitched a lift (= ​stood by the ​road and made a ​signalasking a ​car to ​stop and take him) to Birmingham.
  • lift noun (MAKE HAPPY)

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

"lift" in American English

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liftverb

 us   /lɪft/
  • lift verb (RAISE)

[I/T] to move something from a ​lower to a ​higherposition: [T] I can’t lift you up – you’re a ​bigboy now! [I always + adv/prep] The ​top of the ​stool lifts off (= can be ​removed) so you can ​store things in it. [T] She lifted the ​baby out of her ​chair. [T] fig. Nothing, it ​seemed, could lift his ​spirits (= make him ​feelhappier).
  • lift verb (GO AWAY)

[I] (of ​fog or ​rain) to go away until none is ​left: The ​morningmist had lifted and the ​sun was ​shining.
  • lift verb (END)

[T] to end a ​rule or ​law: They ​finally lifted the ​ban on ​baggyjeans at my ​school.
  • lift verb (STEAL)

[T] infml to ​steal something: He lifted ​wholeparagraphsverbatim from my ​book.

liftnoun [C]

 us   /lɪft/
  • lift noun [C] (JOURNEY)

infml a ​freetrip in another person’s ​vehicle, esp. a ​car: Can I give you a lift ​home?
  • lift noun [C] (RAISE)

Br A lift is an ​elevator.
(Definition of lift from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"lift" in Business English

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liftverb [T]

uk   us   /lɪft/
ECONOMICS, FINANCE to make the ​amount or ​level of something ​rise: Low ​interestrates may lift ​consumerconfidence. The group's ​shares were lifted 5.25p to 170p by the ​news. Economists said that the ​cash probably helped lift the ​economy out of ​recession. lift ​sales/​prices/​profits
to ​move something from a ​lower to a ​higherposition: They use a ​crane to lift the ​containers onto the ​ship.
GOVERNMENT, POLITICS to end a ​rule or ​law: Federal ​officials will lift an ​ordergrounding all ​smallplanes. lift a ​ban/an ​embargo/​sanctions

liftnoun [C]

uk   us   /lɪft/
[usually singular] an ​increase: a lift in sth Local ​stores saw a lift in ​sales. That gave the ​dollar a lift against the ​yen.
UK ( US elevator) WORKPLACE a ​device like a ​box that ​moves up and down, ​carryingpeople or ​goods from one ​floor of a ​building to another: Visitors ​normally take the lift to the ​receptionlevel one ​floor below.in the lift I came up in the lift with the ​company Chairman.
(Definition of lift from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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