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verb lift pronunciation in American English /lɪft/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlelifting
past tenselifted
past participlelifted
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    lift up

    [transitive] to move something to a higher position
    Lift the lid and look inside the box.
    The phone rang and he lifted the receiver immediately.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to take something in your hands and move it from one place to another
      lift something off/onto/from etc.: We lifted the new books onto a shelf.
    2. b.
      [intransitive] to move to a higher position
      We watched the balloon lift slowly into the air.
    3. c.
      [transitive] to move your head or eyes upward so that you can look at something
      lift something from something: He lifted his eyes from the newspaper as Kate walked into the room.
      lift something to something: Ruth lifted her face to the sun.
    4. d.
      [intransitive/transitive] to move a part of your body to a higher position
      Her shoulders lifted slightly but she didn’t say anything.
      Lie on the floor and try to lift your legs slowly.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to improve the situation that someone or something is in
    lift someone out of something: economic measures designed to lift the country out of recession
  3. 3
    [transitive] [often passive] to officially end a rule or law that stopped someone from doing something
    They’re hoping to get the ban lifted by the end of the month.
  4. 4
    [transitive] informal to steal something
    I watched him lift a couple of CDs and stuff them into his jacket.
  5. 6
    [intransitive] if a bad mood or bad feeling lifts, you start to feel happier
    1. a.
      [transitive] to make someone feel happier
      She was lifted a little by the news that they had called.
      lift someone’s spirits: Being in the sunshine all day really lifted my spirits.
    2. b.
      [intransitive/transitive] if a weight or burden lifts or is lifted from you, you stop worrying about something and feel happier
      I felt as if a great financial burden had been lifted from my shoulders.
  6. 7
    [transitive] to cause the amount or level of something to increase
    An increase in interest rates will lift the value of the dollar.
  7. 9



    lift up

    [intransitive/transitive] formal if your voice lifts, or if you lift it, you start to talk more loudly
  8. 10
    [transitive] to airlift something or someone
    The two men have been lifted to safety.

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