lift

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. raise, elevate, exalt; uplift; informal, steal. See elevation, stealing.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [The work of lifting]
Syn. pull, lifting, upthrow, ascension, raising, weight, foot-pounds, elevation, sub-elevation, escalation, ascent, mounting.
2. [*A ride]
Syn. transportation, drive, passage; see journey .
3. [*Aid]
Syn. help, assistance, support; see aid 1 .
v.
Syn. raise, hoist, elevate, boost, rear, heave, pick up, hold up, uplift, exalt, heft*; see also raise 1 .
Syn.- lift , in its general literal sense, implies the use of some effort in bringing something up to a higher position [ help me lift the table ] ; raise , often interchangeable with lift , may specifically imply bringing into an upright position by lifting one end [ to raise a flagpole ] ; elevate is now a less frequent synonym for lift or raise [ the balloon had been elevated 500 feet ] ; rear is a literary equivalent of raise [ the giant trees reared their branches to the sky ] ; hoist implies the lifting of something heavy, usually by some mechanical means, as a block and tackle or a crane [ to hoist bales of cotton into a ship ] ; boost is a colloquial term and implies lifting by or as if by a push from behind or below [boost me into the tree ] . All these terms are used figuratively to imply bringing into a higher or better state [ to lift , or hoist , one's spirits, to raise one's hopes, to elevate one's mind, to rear children, to boost sales ]
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
I
n.
1. hoist heave, raising, boost, pull up.
2. raising of spirits boost, *shot in the arm, *pick-me-up, encouragement.
II
v.
1. hoist elevate, heave, raise, boost, jack up, erect, upraise, hike, heft.
2. steal swipe, pinch, pocket, shoplift, pilfer.
3. remove cancel, annul, rescind.
ANT.: 1. drop. 3. impose
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I verb 1. To move (something) to a higher positiojn boost, elevate, heave, hoist, pick up, raise, rear2, take up, uphold, uplift, upraise, uprear. See RISE. 2. To move from a lower to a higher position: arise, ascend, climb, mount, rise, soar. See RISE. 3. To rise up in flight. Also used with off: take off. See RISE. 4. To disappear by or as if by rising: disperse, dissipate, spatter. See COLLECT, RISE. 5. To take back or remove: recall, repeal, rescind, reverse, revoke. See CONTINUE, LAW, MAKE. 6. To raise the spirits of: animate, buoy (up), elate, elevate, exhilarate, flush, inspire, inspirit, uplift. Obsolete: exalt, See HAPPY. 7. Informal. To take (another's property) without permission: filch, pilfer, purloin, snatch, steal, thieve. Informal: swipe. Slang: cop, heist, hook, nip1-pinch, rip off, snitch. Idiom: make (or waff with. See CRIMES, GIVE. II noun 1. An instance of lifting or being lifted: boost, heave, hoist. See RISE. 2. High spirits: animation, elatedness, elation, euphoria, exaltation, exhilaration, inspiration, uplift. See HAPPY. 3. A strong, pleasant feeling of excitement or stimulation: thrill. Informal: . wallop. Slang: bang, boot1, high, kick. See EXCITE.

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