Meaning of “lift” in the English Dictionary

"lift" in British English

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liftverb

uk /lɪft/ us /lɪft/

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 little- I've got my coat 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.

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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 box carefully 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 morning mist 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 whole passages from a website.

liftnoun

uk /lɪft/ us /lɪft/

lift noun (CARRYING DEVICE)

A2 [ C ] UK US elevator a device like a box that 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.

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  • The lift isn't working.
  • We got stuck in the lift.
  • Take the lift to the top floor.
  • 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 moves forward

(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 higher position:

[ T ] I can’t lift you up – you’re a big boy 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 feel happier).

lift verb (GO AWAY)

[ I ] (of fog or rain) to go away until none is left:

The morning mist had lifted and the sun was shining.

lift verb (END)

[ T ] to end a rule or law:

They finally lifted the ban on baggy jeans at my school.

lift verb (STEAL)

[ T ] infml to steal something:

He lifted whole paragraphs verbatim from my book.

liftnoun [ C ]

us /lɪft/

lift noun [ C ] (JOURNEY)

infml a free trip 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 /lɪft/ us

ECONOMICS, FINANCE to make the amount or level of something rise:

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.

to move something from a lower to a higher position:

They use a crane to lift the containers onto the ship.

GOVERNMENT, POLITICS to end a rule or law:

Federal officials will lift an order grounding all small planes.
lift a ban/an embargo/sanctions

liftnoun [ C ]

uk /lɪft/ us

[ 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, carrying people or goods from one floor of a building to another:

Visitors normally take the lift to the reception level 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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