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LIFT, verb transitive [We retain this sense in shoplifter. Latin levo, elevo.]

1. To raise; to elevate; as, to lift the foot or the hand; to lift the head.

2. To raise; to elevate mentally.

To thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. Psalms 25:1.

3. To raise in fortune.

The eye of the Lord lifted up his head from misery.

4. To raise in estimation, dignity or rank. His fortune has lifted him into notice, or into office.

The Roman virtues lift up mortal man.

5. To elate; to cause to swell, as with pride. Up is often used after lift as a qualifying word; sometimes with effect or emphasis; very often, however, it is useless.

6. To bear; to support.

7. To steal, that is, to take and carry away. Hence we retain the use of shoplifter, although the verb in this sense is obsolete.

8. In Scripture, to crucify.

When ye have lifted up the Son of man. John 8:7.

1. To lift up the eyes, to look; to fix the eyes on.

Lot lifted up his eyes and beheld Jordan. Genesis 13:14.

2. To direct the desires to God in prayer. Psalms 121:1.

1. To lift up the head, to raise from a low condition; to exalt. Genesis 40:13.

2. To rejoice. Luke 21:28.

1. To lift up the hand, to swear, or to confirm by oath. Gen 14.

2. To raise the hands in prayer. Psa 28.

3. To rise in opposition to; to rebel; to assault.

2 Samuel 18:24.

4. To injure or oppress. Job 31:21.

5. To shake off sloth and engage in duty. Hebrews 6:12.

To lift up the face, to look to with confidence, cheerfulness and comfort. Job 22:26.

To lift up the face, to look to with confidence, cheerfulness and comfort. Job 22:26.

To lift up the heel against, to treat with insolence and contempt.

To lift up the horn, to behave arrogantly or scornfully. Psa 75.

To lift up the feet, to come speedily to one's relief.

Psa 74.

To lift up the voice, to cry aloud; to call out, either in grief or joy. Gen 21. Isaiah 24:14.

LIFT, verb intransitive

1. To try to raise; to exert the strength for the purpose of raising or bearing.

The body strained by lifting at a weight too heavy -

2. To practice theft. obsolete

LIFT, noun

1. The act of raising; a lifting; as the lift of the feet in walking or running.

The goat gives the fox a lift

2. An effort to raise; as, give us a lift [Popular use.]

3. That which is to be raised.

4. A dead lift an ineffectual effort to raise; or the thing which the strength is not sufficient to raise.

5. Any thing to be done which exceeds the strength; or a state of inability; as, to help one at a dead lift

6. A rise; a degree of elevation; as the lift of a lock in canals.

7. In Scottish, the sky; the atmosphere; the firmament.

8. In seamen's language, a rope descending from the cap and mast-head to the extremity of a yard. Its use is to support the yard, keep it in equilibrio, and raise the end, when occasion requires.