English Thesaurus
(verb) 
Definition
to move upwards
Curious shoppers lifted their children to take a closer look at the parade.
Synonyms
raise
He raised his hand to wave.
,
pick up
,
hoist
He hoisted himself to a sitting position.
,
draw up
,
elevate
She elevated her bow and arrow.
, ,
heave up
,
buoy up
,
raise high
,
bear aloft
,
upheave
,
upraise
Opposites
(verb) 
Definition
to revoke or cancel
The Commission has urged them to lift their ban on imports.
Synonyms
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.
Opposites
(verb) 
A brisk walk in the fresh air can lift your mood.
Synonyms
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.
,
cheer up
, ,
ameliorate
Nothing can be done to ameliorate the situation.
,
buoy up
Opposites
(verb) 
Definition
to disappear or disperse
The fog had lifted and revealed a warm sunny day.
Synonyms
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.
, ,
be dispelled
(verb) 
Definition
to plagiarize (music or writing)
(informal)  a cartoonish device lifted from a Laurel and Hardy sequence
Synonyms
steal
Anybody could walk in here 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 some coins he found on the street.
,
trouser (slang)
,
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)
,
blag (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.
(noun) 
Definition
a rise in morale or feeling of cheerfulness
My selection for the team has given me a tremendous lift.
Synonyms
boost
It did give me a boost to win such an event.
, ,
stimulus
Falling interest rates could be a stimulus to the economy.
,
reassurance
, , ,
fillip
The news gave a tremendous fillip to businesses.
,
shot in the arm (informal)
,
gee-up
Opposites
(noun) 
Definition
a compartment raised or lowered in a vertical shaft to transport people or goods to another floor in a building
They took the lift to the fourth floor.
Synonyms
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.
,
paternoster
(noun) 
Definition
a ride in a car or other vehicle as a passenger
He had a car and often gave me a lift home.
Synonyms
ride
Would you like to go for a ride?
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run
Take them for a run in the car.
,
drive
We might go for a drive on Sunday.
, ,
hitch (informal)
,
car ride

phrasal verb

See lift off

Additional synonyms

in the sense of advance
The country has advanced from a rural society to an industrial power.
in the sense of ameliorate
Definition
to make (something) better
Nothing can be done to ameliorate the situation.
Synonyms
in the sense of annul
Definition
to declare (a contract or marriage) invalid
The marriage was annulled last month.

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