Synonyms of lift
1 raiseDictionary • Curious shoppers lifted their children to take a closer look at the parade.
raise • He raised his hand to wave.
hoist • He hoisted himself to a sitting position.
elevate • Jack elevated the gun at the sky.
2 revokeDictionary • The Commission has urged them to lift their ban on imports.
revoke • The government revoked his licence.
end • Talks have resumed to try to end the fighting.
withdraw • He withdrew his remarks and said he had not intended to cause offence.
stop • The music stopped and the lights were turned up.
cancel • Her insurance had been cancelled by the company.
terminate • Her next remark abruptly terminated the conversation.
rescind • You will rescind that order immediately.
annul • The marriage was annulled last month.
countermand • I can't countermand her orders.
3 exaltDictionary • A brisk walk in the fresh air can lift your mood.
exalt • God has put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
raise • a new drive to raise standards of literacy in Britain's schools
improve • He improved their house.
advance • The country has advanced from a rural society to an industrial power.
promote • I was promoted to editor and then editorial director.
boost • companies seeking to boost their product ranges
enhance • They want to enhance their reputation abroad.
upgrade • He was upgraded to security guard.
elevate • He was elevated to the post of Prime Minister.
dignify • I see no point in dignifying this kind of speculation with a response
ameliorate • Nothing can be done to ameliorate the situation.
4 disappearDictionary • The fog had lifted and revealed a warm sunny day.
disappear • The car drove off and disappeared from sight.
vanish • Dinosaurs vanished from the earth millions of years ago.
disperse • The fog dispersed and I became aware of the sun.
dissipate • The tension in the room had dissipated.
5 stealDictionary (informal) • The line could have been lifted from a Woody Allen film.
steal • People who are drug addicts come in and steal stuff.
take • The burglars took just about anything they could carry.
appropriate • What do they think about your appropriating their music and culture?
nick (slang, mainly British) • We used to nick biscuits from the kitchen.
pocket • He pocketed a wallet from the bedside of a dead man.
pinch (informal) • pickpockets who pinched his wallet
pirate • pirating copies of music tapes
cabbage (British, slang)
knock off (slang)
crib (informal) • He had been caught cribbing in an exam.
half-inch (old-fashioned, slang)
pilfer • Staff were pilfering cash from the bar.
purloin (formal) • He was caught purloining books from the library.
plagiarize • He was accused of plagiarizing copyrighted material.
thieve • These people can't help thieving.
1 boostDictionary • My selection for the team has given me a tremendous lift.
boost • It did give me a boost to win such an event.
stimulus • Falling interest rates could be a stimulus to the economy.
fillip • The news gave a tremendous fillip to businesses.
shot in the arm (informal)
2 elevatorDictionary • They took the lift to the fourth floor.
elevator mainly US) • Markham emerged from the guest elevator into the lobby.
hoist • It takes three nurses and a hoist to get me into this chair.
PHRASAL VERB:▷ lift off
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advanceTo advance means to make progress, especially in your knowledge of something.
• The country has advanced from a rural society to an industrial power.
ameliorateIf someone or something ameliorates a situation, they make it better or easier in some way.
• Nothing can be done to ameliorate the situation.
annulIf an election or a contract is annulled, it is declared invalid, so that legally it is considered never to have existed.
• The marriage was annulled last month.
Thesaurus for lift from the Collins English Thesaurus
to rise or cause to rise upwards from the ground or another support to a higher place