lift1 W2S2 [lıft] v
1¦(move something upwards)¦
2¦(part of the body)¦
4¦(by plane)¦
5 not lift a finger (to do something)
6 lift somebody's spirits
8¦(sad feelings)¦
9¦(use somebody's ideas/words)¦
Phrasal verbs
 lift off
[Date: 1100-1200; : Old Norse; Origin: lypta]
1.) ¦(MOVE SOMETHING UPWARDS)¦ also lift up [T]
to move something or someone upwards into the air
Sophie lifted the phone before the second ring.
He lifted the lid on the pot of soup.
The lumber was lifted by crane and dropped into the truck.
lift sb/sth onto/into/out of etc sth
They lifted Andrew onto the bed.
lift sb from sth
The driver was lifted from the wreck.
2.) ¦(PART OF THE BODY)¦ also lift up [I and T]
to move part of your body up to a higher position
= ↑raise
lift your hand/arm/leg etc
She lifted her hand to knock on the door once again.
Pam lifted her shoulders in a little shrug.
lift your head/eyes
(=move your head or eyes up so that you can look at something)
She lifted her head to gaze at him.
He heard a scream and the hairs on the back of his neck began to lift.
to remove a rule or a law that says that something is not allowed
lift a restriction/an embargo/sanctions etc
The government plans to lift its ban on cigar imports.
4.) ¦(BY PLANE)¦ [T always + adverb/preposition]
to take people or things to or from a place by aircraft
More troops are being lifted into the area as the fighting spreads.
5.) not lift a finger (to do sth) informal to do nothing to help
He never lifted a finger to help me with the kids.
6.) lift sb's spirits
to make someone feel more cheerful and hopeful
if cloud or mist lifts, it disappears
8.) ¦(SAD FEELINGS)¦ [I]
if feelings of sadness lift, they disappear
Jan's depression seemed to be lifting at last.
to take words, ideas etc from someone else's work and use them in your work, without stating where they came from and as if they were your own words etc
lift sth from sb/sth
The words were lifted from an article in a medical journal.
10.)¦(STEAL)¦ [T] [i]informal
to steal something
lift sth from sb/sth
They had lifted dozens of CDs from the store.
11.) ¦(VOICE)¦ also lift up [T]
literary if you lift your voice, you speak, shout, or sing more loudly
= ↑raise
12.) ¦(INCREASE)¦ [T]
to make prices, profit etc increase
The U.S. may use tax cuts to lift the economy.
13.) ¦(VEGETABLES)¦ [T]
to dig up vegetables that grow under the ground
She was lifting potatoes.
lift off phr v
if an aircraft or spacecraft lifts off, it leaves the ground and rises into the air
lift 2
lift2 W3S3 n
1¦(in a building)¦
2¦(in a car)¦
3 give somebody/something a lift
4¦(lifting movement)¦
a machine that you can ride in, that moves up and down between the floors in a tall building
American Equivalent: elevator
They took the lift down to the bar.
It's on the 3rd floor. Let's use the lift .
2.) ¦(IN A CAR)¦
if you give someone a lift, you take them somewhere in your car
= ↑ride
Do you want a lift into town?
John gave me a lift home.
He very kindly offered me a lift .
3.) give sb/sth a lift
a) to make someone feel more cheerful and more hopeful
The new park has given everyone in the neighbourhood a lift.
b) to make something such as a business, the economy etc operate better
The Bank of England's announcement gave the stock market a lift today.
4.) ¦(LIFTING MOVEMENT)¦ [U and C]
a movement in which something is lifted or raised up
She does sit-ups and leg lifts every morning.
the pressure of air that keeps something such as an aircraft up in the air or lifts it higher

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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