1 raise, elevate; hoist, heave (up):
She lifted her eyes to the heavens. The pallbearers lifted the coffin to their shoulders
2 Often, lift up. exalt, raise, elevate, uplift, boost, upgrade, promote, advance; improve, ameliorate, better, dignify, enhance, ennoble, enshrine, deify, immortalize:
His unusual talents lifted him up from the ranks of ordinary mortals.
3 discontinue, end, terminate, stop:
The siege was lifted after six months.
4 withdraw, cancel, confiscate, take away, rescind, void, annul:
They charged him with driving while intoxicated and lifted his licence
5 rise, disappear, dissipate, vanish:
When the fog lifted, I saw that we were about to run aground.
6 steal, appropriate, pilfer, pocket, thieve, take, purloin; plagiarize, copy, Colloq pinch, crib, liberate, Slang Brit nick, Old-fashioned half-inch:
He went into the supermarket and lifted a bottle of scotch. This passage was lifted from my book in its entirety.
She looked tired so I gave her a lift home.
8 US and Canadian elevator:
Take the lift to the tenth floor.
9 encouragement, boost, stimulus, inducement, inspiration, reassurance, cheering up, Colloq shot in the arm:
Winning first prize has given Susan the lift she needed to continue with her writing.