AskDefine | Define uplift

Dictionary Definition



1 (geology) a rise of land to a higher elevation (as in the process of mountain building) [syn: upheaval, upthrow, upthrust]
2 a brassiere that lifts and supports the breasts


1 fill with high spirits; fill with optimism; "Music can uplift your spirits" [syn: elate, lift up, pick up, intoxicate] [ant: depress]
2 lift up from the earth, as by geologic forces; "the earth's movement uplifted this part of town"
3 lift up or elevate

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (verb): ŭplĭftʹ, /ʌpˈlɪft/, /Vp"lIft/
  • (adjective, noun): ŭpʹlĭft, /ˈʌplɪft/, /"VplIft/


  1. To raise something or someone to a higher physical, social, moral, intellectual, spiritual or emotional level.


uplift rfc-split uplifted


  1. The act or result of being uplifted.
  2. A tectonic upheaval, especially one that takes place in the process of mountain building.
  3. A brassiere that raises the breasts.


act of being uplifted
tectonic upheaval
brassiere that raises the breasts

Extensive Definition

Uplift may refer to:
  • Biological uplift, the theoretical prospect of upgrading the capacities of non-human animals or other intelligences
  • Stellar uplift, the theoretical prospect of moving a stellar mass
  • Tectonic uplift, a geological process
  • Uplift factor, or simply "uplift", the adjustments to employee salaries or benefits, especially in countries of the British Commonwealth
  • Uplifting trance, a musical genre similar to progressive trance
  • "Up Lift", a song by Pantera from their 2000 album Reinventing the Steel
uplift in Dutch: Uplift

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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