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English definition of “lift”

lift

noun [C]     /lɪft/
MACHINE UK (US elevator) A2 a machine that carries people up and down in tall buildings: Shall we use the stairs or take the lift?Stairs and lifts
RIDE A2 a free ride somewhere, usually in a car: [usually singular] Can you give me a lift to the airport?Journeys
MOVE the act of moving someone or something up to a higher positionRaising and lowering
(Definition of lift noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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