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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun lift:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb lift:


Lift is sometimes a misspelling of left.

The word lift is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun lift

What does lift mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: lifts

  1. the act of giving temporary assistance
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: aid / assist / assistance / help = the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
  2. the component of the aerodynamic forces acting on an airfoil that opposes gravity
    • lexical domain: Natural Phenomena - nouns denoting natural phenomena
    • synonym of lift: aerodynamic lift
    • more generic term: aerodynamic force = forces acting on airfoils in motion relative to the air
    • more specific term: ground effect = apparent increase in aerodynamic lift experienced by an aircraft flying close to the ground
  3. the event of something being raised upward
  4. a wave that lifts the surface of the water or ground
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonym of lift: rise
    • more generic terms: moving ridge / wave = one of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid
  5. a powered conveyance that carries skiers up a hill
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of lift: ski lift / ski tow
    • more generic words: conveyance / transport = something that serves as a means of transportation
    • more specific terms:
      • chair lift / chairlift = a ski lift on which riders (skiers or sightseers) are seated and carried up or down a mountainside
      • 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
  6. a device worn in a shoe or boot to make the wearer look taller or to correct a shortened leg
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: device = an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
  7. one of the layers forming the heel of a shoe or boot
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: bed / layer = single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance
    • more specific term: top lift = the bottom layer of a heel
    • part of: heel = the bottom of a shoe or boot
  8. 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
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of lift: elevator
    • more generic term: lifting device = a device for lifting heavy loads
    • more specific terms:
      • food elevator / dumbwaiter = 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
    • part of: building / edifice = a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place
    • part: elevator car / car = where passengers ride up and down
  9. 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
  10. transportation of people or goods by air (especially when other means of access are unavailable)
  11. a ride in a car
    • example: he gave me a lift home
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: drive / ride = a journey in a vehicle
  12. the act of raising something
    • example: he responded with a lift of his eyebrow
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of lift: heave / raise
    • more generic words: actuation / propulsion = the act of propelling

Alternative definition of the noun lift


  1. [context: UK dialectal, _chiefly_, Scotland] Air.
  2. [context: UK dialectal, _chiefly_, Scotland] The sky; the heavens; firmament; atmosphere.
  3. An act of lifting or raising.
  4. The act of transporting someone in a vehicle; a ride; a trip.
  5. [Australia, New Zealand, British] Mechanical device for vertically transporting goods or people between floors in a building; an elevator.
  6. An upward force, such as the force that keeps aircraft aloft.
  7. [context: measurement] the difference in elevation between the upper pool and lower pool of a waterway, separated by lock.
  8. [context: historical slang] A thief.
  9. [dance] The lifting of a dance partner into the air.
  10. Permanent construction with a built-in platform that is lifted vertically.

Specialised definition of the noun lift

Glossary of sports

in figure and roller skating, element of the original and free programs for the pairs as well as in the free program of ice dancing, where the woman is lifted by the man with one or two arms so that she no longer has any contact with the ice. In figure skating the arms of the man have to be fully extended during a lift, the number of turns is optional. In ice dancing only one and half turns during lifts are allowed, and the hands of the man cannot go higher than his shoulders. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / bowling

upward motion imparted to the ball by the fingers at release

Glossary of sports / figure skating

any move in pairs skating in which the male skater lifts his partner off the ice. In the most spectacular lift, he holds her above his hand with one hand

Glossary of sports / synchronized swimming

a move in which one or more swimmers lift a swimmer or swimmers above the surface

Definition of the verb lift

What does lift mean as a doing word?

Lift is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: lifted | lifting | lifts

  1. raise from a lower to a higher position
    • examples: Lift a load | The men lift the chairs
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]I lifted the books
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Location, locative adverb]I dropped the books here
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Spatial Preposition] [Location]I lifted the books onto the table

      Verbs of Putting (with the same syntax): drop, elevate, hoist, lower, raise.

    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of lift: bring up / elevate / get up / raise
    • more generic words: displace / move = cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
    • more specific terms:
    • cause: arise / come up / go up / move up / rise / uprise
  2. take hold of something and move it to a different location
    • example: lift the box onto the table
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: displace / move = cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
    • more specific terms:
  3. move upwards
    • example: lift one's eyes
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of lift: raise
    • more generic words: displace / move = cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
    • cause: arise / come up / go up / move up / rise / uprise
  4. move upward
  5. make audible
  6. cancel officially
  7. make off with belongings of others
  8. raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of lift: hoist / wind
    • more generic terms: bring up / elevate / get up / raise = raise from a lower to a higher position
    • more specific terms: trice up / trice = hoist up or in and lash or secure with a small rope
  9. invigorate or heighten
  10. raise in rank or condition
    • example: The new law lifted many people from poverty
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of lift: elevate / raise
    • more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different
    • more specific words:
      • dignify = raise the status of
      • exalt = raise in rank, character, or status
  11. take off or away by decreasing
    • example: lift the pressure
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic terms: remove / take / take away / withdraw = remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  12. rise up
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of lift: rear / rise
    • more generic words: appear / look / seem = give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect
    • more specific words: predominate / tower / hulk / loom = appear very large or occupy a commanding position
  13. pay off (a mortgage)
  14. take without referencing from someone else's writing or speech; of intellectual property
  15. take illegally
  16. fly people or goods to or from places not accessible by other means
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of lift: airlift
    • more generic word: fly = transport by aeroplane
  17. take (root crops) out of the ground
    • example: lift potatoes
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic terms: dig / dig out = create by digging
  18. call to stop the hunt or to retire, as of hunting dogs
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic terms: call / send for = order, request, or command to come
  19. rise upward, as from pressure or moisture
    • example: The floor is lifting slowly
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: buckle / heave / warp = bend out of shape, as under pressure or from heat
  20. put an end to
    • example: lift a ban
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of lift: raise
    • more generic words: end / terminate = bring to an end or halt
  21. remove (hair) by scalping
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: scalp = remove the scalp of
  22. remove from a seedbed or from a nursery
    • example: lift the tulip bulbs
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic terms: remove / take / take away / withdraw = remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  23. remove from a surface
    • example: the detective carefully lifted some fingerprints from the table
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic terms: remove / take / take away / withdraw = remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  24. perform cosmetic surgery on someone's face

Specialised definition of the verb lift

Glossary of sports / wrestling

to take an opponent entirely off the mat


  1. Lift is a rock band formed in Dresden. The group was founded in 1973 and is still active today.
    • genres: Art rock, Jazz fusion
    • albums: "Lift", "Meeresfahrt", "Spiegelbild / Nach Hause", "Best: Tagesreise", "Lift 1 & Lift 2 (Meeresfahrt)", "Sachsendreier Live", "Best of Lift: Mein Herz soll ein Wasser sein"
    • official website:
  2. Lift is a musical group.
  3. Lift is a musical group.
    • albums: "Caverns Of Your Brain", "The Moment of Hearing"

There are other groups with in their name, like Lift ticket, Venture Lift, The Panic Lift, Lift to Experience and André Sumelius Lift.


Who is Lift?

Lift a.k.a. Supoj Chancharoen is an actor and singer.


  1. "Lift" is a song by the Finnish rock band Poets of the Fall. It is the second single released from their debut album, Signs of Life. The song was released in Finland on 9 September, 2004. The song reached #8 on the Finnish Top 40 and stayed there for 11 consecutive weeks. It contains two versions of the title track, as well as the B-side, The Beautiful Ones.
  2. "Lift" is the sixth studio album by Christian rock band Audio Adrenaline.
  3. "Lift" is the seventh and final studio album by English alternative rock band Love and Rockets, released in 1998 on Red Ant Records.
  4. "Lift" is the second album by Australian singer-songwriter Shannon Noll. It was released by Sony BMG in Australia on 16 October 2005. Noll co-wrote eleven out of the thirteen songs in the album. The album debuted at number 1 on the Australian Recording Industry Association album chart on 23 October 2005 with a platinum certification and was eventually certified three times platinum. All four singles released from the album reached the Top 10 of the ARIA single chart, and proved to be very popular radio hits, with both "Shine" and "Now I Run" ending 2006 within the Top 10 most played songs on Australian radio.
  5. "Lift" is the second single by Australian singer Shannon Noll from his second album of the same name. The boxing-themed video clip for this song was shot in an unused warehouse in Sydney's Marrickville by Australian director Anthony Rose, who also directed Noll's music videos for "Drive", "What About Me" and "Shine".
  6. "Lift", released in 2004, is Sister Hazel's fifth studio album.
  7. "Lift" is a musical single of Poets of the Fall.
    • also known as Lift (instrumental)
    • released on (10 years ago)
  8. "Lift" is a musical single of 808 State.
    • released on (23 years ago)
  9. "Lift" a.k.a. "Lift!" is a musical album of Volker Kriegel.
    • released in (42 years ago)
  10. "Lift" is a musical album of Lift.
    • released in (38 years ago)
  11. "Lift" is a musical album of Douglas Kay.
    • released on
  12. "Lift" is a musical album of Sinsheen.
    • released in (6 years ago)
  13. "Lift" is a composition.
  14. "Lift" is a musical EP of Freescha.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  15. "Lift" is a musical EP of Digitalism.
    • released on
  16. "Lift" is a musical single of Deniz Koyu.
  17. "Lift" is a musical album of Greg Howard Band.
  18. "Lift" is a musical album of Randy and the Bloody Lovelies.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  19. "Lift" is a musical album of Marina Verenikina.
    • released on (13 years ago)


  1. "Lift" is a 2001 crime, drama film directed by DeMane Davis and Khari Streeter.
  2. "Lift" is a 2013 short crime drama family film written and directed by Kieran Valla.
  3. "Lift" is a 1997 science fiction film written by Anthony Theisen, David Dawes, John Denton and Patrick Killian and directed by Anthony Theisen.
  4. "Lift" is a film, directed by John Young.


Lift is a range of soft drinks produced by The Coca-Cola Company that has been available in Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Germany, Austria, and Eastern Europe since the 1970s, which is carbonated and flavored with fruit juice.


  1. Lift is a free web application framework that is designed for the Scala programming language. It was originally created by David Pollak who was dissatisfied with certain aspects of the Ruby on Rails framework. Lift was launched as an open source project on February 26, 2007 under the Apache 2.0 license. A commercially popular web platform often cited as being developed using Lift is Foursquare.
  2. Lift is a meteorological phenomenon used as an energy source by soaring aircraft and soaring birds. The most common human application of lift is in sport and recreation. The three air sports that use soaring flight are: gliding, hang gliding and paragliding.
  3. Lift a.k.a. Gliding flight is heavier-than-air flight without the use of thrust; the term volplaning also refers to this mode of flight in animals. It is employed by gliding animals and by aircraft such as gliders. This mode of flight involves flying a greater distance horizontally than vertically and therefore can be distinguished from a simple descent like a parachute.
  4. LIFT is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to ”combat poverty and expand opportunity” for all people in the United States. Every year, LIFT trains a corps of student volunteers to assist low-income individuals to secure housing, income, healthcare, education, and other necessities. LIFT has no eligibility requirements and provides free services. Yale University students Kirsten Lodal and Brian Kreiter founded LIFT in 1998. Currently, LIFT has offices in Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC. Before 2009, LIFT was called National Student Partnerships.
  5. Lift: In data mining and association rule learning, lift is a measure of the performance of a targeting model at predicting or classifying cases as having an enhanced response, measured against a random choice targeting model. A targeting model is doing a good job if the response within the target is much better than the average for the population as a whole. Lift is simply the ratio of these values: target response divided by average response.
  6. Lift is a restaurant in Vancouver, British Columbia that serves PacificNorthwest cuisine.
    • also known as Lift Bar Grill View
  7. Lift: In the branch of mathematics called category theory, given a morphism f from an object X to an object Y, and a morphism g from an object Z to Y, a lift of f to Z is a morphism h from X to Z such that g h = f.
  8. Lift is a single by American DJ Sean Tyas. It was released by Discover Records as a digital download on September 24, 2006.

Phrases with Lift

Phrases starting with the word Lift:

  1. lift up
  2. lift off
  3. lift out
  4. lift pump
  5. lift bridge

Phrases ending with the word Lift:

  1. to lift
  2. Gum lift
  3. ski lift
  4. top lift
  5. Boat lift
  6. face lift
  7. face-lift
  8. Heel Lift
  9. Shoe Lift
  10. Tail lift
  11. chair lift
  12. t-bar lift
  13. Voice Lift
  14. alpine lift

Other phrase containing the word Lift:

  1. to lift up

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Lift

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Google previewToday’s Technician: Automotive Engine Repair & Rebuilding, Classroom Manual and Shop Manual (2017)

by Chris Hadfield, Randy Nussler

Camshaft lift is a measurement of the height of the lobe above the base circle. When an overhead...

Valve lift is an important factor in determining...

Camshaft lift is the valve lifter movement created by the rotating action of the camshaft lobe.

Google previewHow to Build and Modify GM LS-Series Engines (2009)

by Joseph Potak

Valve lift is the measure of how far the valve travels from completely closed to fully open. Lobe lift is a measurement of the actual amount that the camshaft pushes the lifter.

Google previewWind Energy (2013)

by David A. Rivkin, Laurel Silk

Lift is the aerodynamic force that keeps an aircraft in the air. For most wind turbine designs, lift is what ultimately causes the blades to rotate. In wind turbines , the...

Google previewAesthetic Surgery of the Forehead and Upper Third of the Face (2011)

Thomas Procedures in Facial Plastic Surgery by Anthony P. Sclafani

The coronal forehead lift is an excellent procedure in appropriately selected patients for repositioning of the eyebrows and...

Whereas the coronal forehead lift is a powerful technique for upper facial rejuvenation, it does have clear and distinct...

Google previewPractical Applications of Intelligent Systems (2014)

Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Intelligent Systems and Knowledge Engineering, Shenzhen, China, Nov 2013 (ISKE 2013) by Zhenkun Wen, Tianrui Li

Ship lift is a kind of navigation structure, which can help the ship to overcome the water level difference. At present, navigation structure...

Google previewApplied Biomechanics: Concepts and Connections (2007)

by John McLester, Peter St. Pierre

But the key to lift is that wings cause air to be moved vertically downward. In other words, wings bend or...

Because lift is a component of the same dynamic fluid force as drag, it is affected by the same factors. The mathematical relationship of ...

Google preview24 Hours to Save the NHS (2011)

The Chief Executive's Account of Reform 2000 to 2006 by Nigel Crisp

A recent review noted that: “LIFT is a partnership which should be based on confidence and trust. There should be a movement away from the client and contractor mode which would normally be in existence in both the public and private ...

Google previewPrimer of Relativity (2006)

A Student's Introduction by Michael Bodin

A lift is the ideal analogy to clarify these issues. Before starting to move, the stationary floor beneath our feet exerts an upward reaction equal and opposite to the downward pull of gravity (Newton's third law). It is this sensation of pressure on ...

Google previewFatigue and Corrosion in Metals (2012)

by Pietro Paolo Milella

Wing lift is a force that sustains the plane and is distributed over the entire wing surface. It generates a variable bending moment with the maximum at the wing- fuselage joint that turns out to be the most critical point where the lower wing skin is ...

Google previewClinical Review of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (2013)

by Shahrokh C. Bagheri, Chris Jo

lift is the treatment of choice to restore a youthful or esthetically pleasing eyebrow position. The most commonly used technique is described in ...

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

LIFT, V. lift [Icel. lypta; Dan, lùfte, to lift—from loft, the ...

Google previewDictionary Of Civil Engineering (1992)

by John S. Scott

hydraulic lift headwater level tailwater level supercritical flow hydraulic jump [hyd. ] (see diagram) In an open channel of uniform slope the flow is in equilibrium at a single depth (the normal depth) at which the gravitational pull just balances the ...

Google previewHealthcare Management Dictionary (2003)

by Annie Phillips

Local Improvement Finance Trusts (LIFT) NHS LIFT is a private limited company set up by the NHS and private sector property developers under the public- private partnership initiative in order to fund, replace and refurbish primary care ...

Google previewBailliere's Nurses' Dictionary - E-Book (2014)

for Nurses and Healthcare Workers by Barbara F. Weller

Then lift the head ...

Google previewArchitect's Illustrated Pocket Dictionary (2012)

by Nikolas Davies, Erkki Jokiniemi

lift, elevator (Am); a mechanical installation for lifting of ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery (2009)

by Carol Ann Rinzler

face-lift Rhytidectomy; PLASTIC SURGERY to lift and reduce the facial skin and fat so as to correct age-related sagging of the facial skin. Note: The term midface lift refers to the surgical repositioning of the fat pads under the cheek. Procedures ...

Google previewDictionary of Oil, Gas, and Petrochemical Processing (2013)

by Alireza Bahadori, Chikezie Nwaoha, Malcolm William Clark

Intermittent Lift or Flow: Gas lift where gas is periodically injected into the fluid column. Intermitter: A time cycle controller that controls gas injection to improve lift. Internal Cutter: A mechanical, chemical, or explosive device capable of severing ...

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Small photo of Mobile aerial work platform - red and yellow scissor hydraulic wheeled self propelled lift on a light background.Small photo of aerial platform or lift bucket isolated on white backgroundSmall photo of Automatic stair lift for elderly people in a house.Small photo of Manual Workers welding at Construction site while standing on scissor liftSmall photo of Crane lifting lifts lift the steel structure on the roofSmall photo of Operator In Safety Helmet and red square shirt controlling Straight Boom LiftSmall photo of Scissor lift platform with hydraulic system elevated towards a factory roof with construction workers, Mobile aerial work platform More...

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Quotes about Lift

When it comes to staying young, a mind lift beats a face lift any day. (Marty Bucella)
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Scrabble value of L1I1F4T1

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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