Meaning of UPLIFT in English


I. uplift | ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from up + lift, past participle of liften to lift

archaic : uplifted

II. up·lift |əp|lift sometimes _əpˈl- verb

Etymology: Middle English upliften, from up + liften to lift

transitive verb

1. : to raise to a higher physical position : lift up ; specifically : to push up (a part of the earth's surface) above the surrounding area

2. : to improve or attempt to improve the condition of especially spiritually, socially, culturally, or intellectually

love uplifts the lover's being — H.O.Taylor

stirring to uplift their masses from age-old conditions of squalor and ignorance — Howard M. Jones

3. Scotland : to take (as money that is owed) into one's possession : collect

4. : raise 5

uplifted their voices in song

intransitive verb

: to rise especially because of geologic forces

III. uplift ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun

Usage: often attributive

: an act, process, result, or cause of uplifting: as


(1) : the uplifting of a part of the earth's surface either uniform throughout a region or differential (as in tilting)

the uplift of continents drained vast areas of land — W.E.Swinton

(2) : an uplifted mass of land

beyond the desert rise the mountains, the first outlying ranges of that vast uplift — Douglas Carruthers

b. : the upward pressure of water (as on the base of a structure)

c. : an elevation of spirit or emotion

should have brought a larger mentality, a more vital uplift — Cosmopolitan

d. : a bettering of condition : improvement

did for their uplift all that the custom of the times permitted — C.G.Woodson


(1) : influences that are intended to improve especially morally or culturally : the ideas of active participants in programs for improvement especially of moral and cultural standards

night life … is conducted in an atmosphere of furious rectitude, fashionable economy, and intellectual uplift — Gilbert Millstein

all this bosh sounds like uplift ; I teach my students English — W.G.Perry

had been delighted when his daily poem and his uplift editorials first proved successful — Willa Cather

(2) : a social movement to improve especially morally or culturally : the work or cause of uplifting

goes in for public things — very strong on woman suffrage, charities, uplift , and pacifism — O.M.Johnson

owns all the uplift papers — John Buchan

f. : a brassiere designed to hold the breasts up

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.