lift

To lift something is to pick it up, or raise it in the air. You'll need to lift a flag before you start waving it.

You can lift things literally, like when you lift your cat in the air to save it from your dog's slobbery tongue, or lift your glass for a New Year's Eve toast. You can also lift things figuratively, like when someone lifts your spirits, cheering you up, or when winning first prize in a contest lifts a writer from obscurity, elevating her position in the literary world. In Britain, lift is also another word for "elevator."

Definitions of lift
  1. verb
    raise from a lower to a higher position
    Lift a load”
    synonyms: bring up, elevate, get up, raise
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    bring down, get down, let down, lower, take down
    move something or somebody to a lower position
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    get up
    cause to rise
    jack, jack up
    lift with a special device
    shoulder
    lift onto one's shoulders
    kick up
    cause to rise by kicking
    hoist, wind
    raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help
    trice, trice up
    raise with a line
    hoist, run up
    raise
    hoist
    move from one place to another by lifting
    pump
    raise (gases or fluids) with a pump
    levitate
    cause to rise in the air and float, as if in defiance of gravity
    underlay
    raise or support (the level of printing) by inserting a piece of paper or cardboard under the type
    skid
    elevate onto skids
    pinnacle
    raise on or as if on a pinnacle
    chin, chin up
    raise oneself while hanging from one's hands until one's chin is level with the support bar
    leaven, prove, raise
    cause to puff up with a leaven
    heighten
    increase the height of
    boost, hike, hike up
    increase
    gather up, lift up, pick up
    take and lift upward
    erect, rear
    cause to rise up
    trice, trice up
    hoist up or in and lash or secure with a small rope
    pitch, set up
    erect and fasten
    cock up, prick, prick up
    raise
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  2. verb
    move upwards
    lift one's eyes”
    synonyms: raise
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  3. verb
    move upward
    “The fog lifted
    synonyms: arise, come up, go up, move up, rise, uprise
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    come down, descend, fall, go down
    move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way
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    scend, surge
    rise or heave upward under the influence of a natural force such as a wave
    climb, climb up, go up, mount
    go upward with gradual or continuous progress
    soar, soar up, soar upwards, surge, zoom
    rise rapidly
    go up
    be erected, built, or constructed
    rocket, skyrocket
    shoot up abruptly, like a rocket
    bubble
    rise in bubbles or as if in bubbles
    uplift
    lift up from the earth, as by geologic forces
    chandelle
    climb suddenly and steeply
    steam
    rise as vapor
    ascend, come up, rise, uprise
    come up, of celestial bodies
    scale
    climb up by means of a ladder
    escalade
    climb up and over
    ramp
    creep up -- used especially of plants
    mountaineer
    climb mountains for pleasure as a sport
    billow, wallow
    rise up as if in waves
    ride
    climb up on the body
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    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  4. verb
    take hold of something and move it to a different location
    lift the box onto the table”
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    heave, heave up, heft, heft up
    lift or elevate
    fork, pitchfork
    lift with a pitchfork
    upheave
    lift forcefully from beneath
    weigh anchor, weigh the anchor
    heave up an anchor in preparation for sailing
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  5. verb
    raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help
    synonyms: hoist, wind
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    trice, trice up
    hoist up or in and lash or secure with a small rope
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    bring up, elevate, get up, raise
    raise from a lower to a higher position
  6. verb
    fly people or goods to or from places not accessible by other means
    synonyms: airlift
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    fly
    transport by aeroplane
  7. verb
    invigorate or heighten
    lift my spirits”
    lift his ego”
    synonyms: raise
  8. verb
    raise in rank or condition
    “The new law lifted many people from poverty”
    synonyms: elevate, raise
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    dignify
    raise the status of
    exalt
    raise in rank, character, or status
    deify
    exalt to the position of a God
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  9. verb
    rise up
    synonyms: rear, rise
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    hulk, loom, predominate, tower
    appear very large or occupy a commanding position
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    appear, look, seem
    give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect
  10. verb
    rise upward, as from pressure or moisture
    “The floor is lifting slowly”
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    buckle, heave, warp
    bend out of shape, as under pressure or from heat
  11. verb
    make audible
    “He lifted a war whoop”
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    emit, let loose, let out, utter
    express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
  12. verb
    take off or away by decreasing
    lift the pressure”
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    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  13. verb
    pay off (a mortgage)
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    liquidate, pay off
    eliminate by paying off (debts)
  14. verb
    put an end to
    lift a ban”
    synonyms: raise
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    end, terminate
    bring to an end or halt
  15. verb
    cancel officially
    lift an embargo”
    synonyms: annul, countermand, overturn, repeal, rescind, reverse, revoke, vacate
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    go back on, renege, renege on, renegue on
    fail to fulfill a promise or obligation
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    cancel, strike down
    declare null and void; make ineffective
  16. verb
    call to stop the hunt or to retire, as of hunting dogs
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    call, send for
    order, request, or command to come
  17. verb
    make off with belongings of others
    synonyms: abstract, cabbage, filch, hook, nobble, pilfer, pinch, purloin, snarf, sneak, swipe
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    steal
    take without the owner's consent
  18. verb
    take illegally
    synonyms: rustle
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    steal
    take without the owner's consent
  19. verb
    take without referencing from someone else's writing or speech; of intellectual property
    synonyms: plagiarise, plagiarize
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    crib
    take unauthorized (intellectual material)
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    steal
    take without the owner's consent
  20. verb
    remove from a surface
    “the detective carefully lifted some fingerprints from the table”
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    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  21. verb
    take (root crops) out of the ground
    lift potatoes”
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    dig, dig out
    create by digging
  22. verb
    remove from a seedbed or from a nursery
    lift the tulip bulbs”
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    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  23. verb
    remove (hair) by scalping
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    scalp
    remove the scalp of
  24. noun
    the act of raising something
    “he responded with a lift of his eyebrow”
    synonyms: heave, raise
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    actuation, propulsion
    the act of propelling
  25. noun
    the event of something being raised upward
    synonyms: elevation, raising
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    ascension, ascent, rise, rising
    a movement upward
  26. noun
    the component of the aerodynamic forces acting on an airfoil that opposes gravity
    synonyms: aerodynamic lift
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    ground effect
    apparent increase in aerodynamic lift experienced by an aircraft flying close to the ground
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    aerodynamic force
    forces acting on airfoils in motion relative to the air (or other gaseous fluids)
  27. noun
    a wave that lifts the surface of the water or ground
    synonyms: rise
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    moving ridge, wave
    one of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid (especially across a large body of water)
  28. noun
    the act of giving temporary assistance
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    aid, assist, assistance, help
    the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
  29. noun
    a powered conveyance that carries skiers up a hill
    synonyms: ski lift, ski tow
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    chair lift, chairlift
    a ski lift on which riders (skiers or sightseers) are seated and carried up or down a mountainside; seats are hung from an endless overhead cable
    rope tow
    a ski tow offering only a moving rope to hold onto
    surface lift
    a ski tow that pulls skiers up a slope without lifting them off the ground
    Alpine lift, T-bar, T-bar lift
    a surface lift where riders hold a bar and are pulled up the hill on their skis
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    conveyance, transport
    something that serves as a means of transportation
  30. noun
    one of the layers forming the heel of a shoe or boot
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    top lift
    the bottom layer of a heel
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    bed, layer
    single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance
  31. noun
    a device worn in a shoe or boot to make the wearer look taller or to correct a shortened leg
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    device
    an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
  32. noun
    lifting device consisting of a platform or cage that is raised and lowered mechanically in a vertical shaft in order to move people from one floor to another in a building
    synonyms: elevator
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    dumbwaiter, food elevator
    a small elevator used to convey food (or other goods) from one floor of a building to another
    freight elevator, service elevator
    an elevator designed for carrying freight
    paternoster
    a type of lift having a chain of open compartments that move continually in an endless loop so that (agile) passengers can step on or off at each floor
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    lifting device
    a device for lifting heavy loads
  33. noun
    transportation of people or goods by air (especially when other means of access are unavailable)
    synonyms: airlift
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    Berlin airlift
    airlift in 1948 that supplied food and fuel to citizens of west Berlin when the Russians closed off land access to Berlin
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    conveyance, transfer, transferral, transport, transportation
    the act of moving something from one location to another
  34. noun
    a ride in a car
    “he gave me a lift home”
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    drive, ride
    a journey in a vehicle (usually an automobile)
  35. verb
    perform cosmetic surgery on someone's face
    synonyms: face-lift
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    operate, operate on
    perform surgery on
  36. noun
    plastic surgery to remove wrinkles and other signs of aging from your face; an incision is made near the hair line and skin is pulled back and excess tissue is excised
    synonyms: cosmetic surgery, face lift, face lifting, facelift, nip and tuck, rhytidectomy, rhytidoplasty
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    nose job, rhinoplasty
    cosmetic surgery to improve the appearance of your nose
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    anaplasty, plastic surgery, reconstructive surgery
    surgery concerned with therapeutic or cosmetic reformation of tissue
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