Meaning of LIFT in English


1. to lift a person or thing

2. to lift a part of your body to a higher position



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1. to lift a person or thing

▷ lift /lɪft/ [transitive verb]

to move something upwards to a higher position, especially something heavy, either by using your hands or a machine :

▪ His doctor has told him that he must not lift anything heavy.

▪ She lifted the lid from a huge pot and took a sniff.

lift onto/out of/over etc

▪ They lifted me onto a stretcher and took me to the ambulance.

▪ Firemen had to use a mobile crane to lift the carriages back onto the rails.

lift somebody bodily

lift someone’s whole body up, using a lot of strength

▪ The massive bull lifted him bodily into the air and shook him repeatedly.

▷ lift up /ˌlɪft ˈʌp/ [transitive phrasal verb]

to move something upwards to a higher position and hold it there - use this especially about something fairly heavy that you use your hands to move :

lift somebody/something up

▪ He lifted her up in his arms.

lift up somebody/something

▪ Can you help me lift up this table so we can get the carpet under it?

▪ Six men lifted up the coffin and carried it out of the church.

lift something up onto/out of/over etc

▪ I couldn’t see the game so I asked my dad to lift me up onto his shoulders.

▷ pick up /ˌpɪk ˈʌp/ [transitive phrasal verb]

to lift something up from the ground, from a table etc, especially something small or light :

pick up somebody/something

▪ She picked up her bag and left the room.

▪ Maurin picked up the gun and put it in his pocket.

▪ The lioness picked her cub up by its neck.

pick somebody/something up

▪ There are papers all over the floor - could you pick them up and put them away?

▪ The little girl’s mother laughed and bent down to pick her up.

▪ The vacuum cleaner won’t pick this stuff up.

pick up the phone

pick up the part of the telephone that you speak into, so that you can use it

▪ The phone rang and Hutton picked it up, frowning.

▷ raise /reɪz/ [transitive verb]

to move something to a higher position for a short time before lowering it again :

▪ The bridge can be raised to allow ships to pass under it.

▪ ‘Cheers, everyone!’ said Larry, raising his glass.

▷ scoop up/out /ˌskuːp ʌpm ˈaʊt/ [verb phrase]

to dig or pick something up with a scoop a round deep spoon , a spoon, or with your curved hand :

scoop something up/out/off etc

▪ He scooped up a handful of sand and dropped it in the bucket.

▪ Slice the eggs in half, then scoop out the yolks into a bowl.

▷ hoist /hɔɪst/ [transitive verb]

to lift up something which is heavy and difficult to carry :

hoist something on/onto/over

▪ Joe picked up the sack and hoisted it onto the truck.

▪ The crowd hoisted him onto their shoulders and carried him triumphantly down the main street.

▷ jack up /ˌdʒæk ˈʌp/ [transitive phrasal verb]

to lift up the corner of a car using a special tool, in order to change the wheel or look under the car :

jack up something

▪ Fred jacked up the car and started to unscrew the wheel nuts.

jack something up

▪ Why don’t you jack it up and we’ll have a look at the suspension?

2. to lift a part of your body to a higher position

▷ raise /reɪz/ [transitive verb]

raise your eyes/eyebrows/hand/arm etc

to move or turn your eyes, head etc upwards for a short time :

▪ She raised her eyes from the newspaper when he came in.

▪ If you have any questions, please raise your hand.

▪ Lori raised her arms over her head.

raise to do something

▪ Mum raised her hand to hit me and then stopped.

▷ lift also lift up /lɪft, lɪft ʌp/ [transitive verb]

lift your arm/leg/head

to move your arm, leg etc upwards, especially when this is difficult to do :

▪ I was feeling so weak that I could hardly lift my head from the pillow.

▪ The child lifted up her arms, asking to be picked up.

▪ Lie on your side, use your hand for support, and lift your leg to the level of your shoulder.

▷ put your hand up /ˌpʊt jɔːʳ ˈhænd ʌp/ [verb phrase]

to move your arm upwards and keep it in the air, for example because you want to speak in a class or meeting, or because you are being counted :

▪ Put your hand up if you know the answer.

▪ If you are not able to take part, please put your hand up.

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