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  • v. To elevate to a higher position
  • v. To lighten the mood of someone.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. fill with high spirits; fill with optimism
  • v. take and lift upward


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  • More often we saw them under the shade of a tree or saw their great round heads lift up out of the grass of a shallow donga as they heard the noise of the truck.

    Hemingway on Hunting

  • I closed my eyes and felt the Tilt-O-Whirl lift up my dress, and then I wandered farther out to the periphery of human noise.

    The Best American Erotica 2006

  • Mr. Gilman raised his eyebrows, which seemed to lift up his entire face.

    Plain Language

  • And then there was nothing for him to do but to lift up the rock in his hand and smash it against the Red Orbs of Jalbador.


  • Surely the right arm of God did not really lift up the nation of Israel Isaiah 41:10.

    The Language of God

  • All the doctor has to do is knock the patient out with electroshock, saving the expense of an anesthesiologist; lift up the eyelid and insert the icepick (sometimes a "transorbital leucotome," which is an icepick with centimeter markings) and pound on it until the orbital plate fractures and the point jabs through into the brain.


  • Mr. Swinhoe is also doubtful about the Chinese; but he has seen them, under the circumstances which would make us shrug our shoulders, press their right elbow against their side, raise their eyebrows, lift up their hand with the palm directed towards the person addressed, and shake it from right to left.

    The expression of the emotions in man and animals

  • With your good leave I'll take a bit of this, and he stooped to lift up the Johnny-cake that had been all this while on the hearth.

    Twilight stories

  • "So they lefte yt goodly & pleasante citie," writes their historian Bradford, "which had been ther resting place near 12 years, but they knew they were pilgrimes & looked not much on those things, but lift up their eyes to ye Heavens their dearest cuntrie, and quieted their spirits."

    Good Stories for Great Holidays

  • Folks, we must lift up a stave or two -- that's the only cure for't. '

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles


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