To lift up one's head
Lift Lift (l[i^]ft), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lifted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Lifting}.] [Icel. lypta, fr. lopt air; akin to Sw. lyfta to lift, Dan. l["o]fte, G. l["u]ften; -- prop., to raise into the air. See {Loft}, and cf. 1st {Lift}.] 1. To move in a direction opposite to that of gravitation; to raise; to elevate; to bring up from a lower place to a higher; to upheave; sometimes implying a continued support or holding in the higher place; -- said of material things; as, to lift the foot or the hand; to lift a chair or a burden. [1913 Webster]

2. To raise, elevate, exalt, improve, in rank, condition, estimation, character, etc.; -- often with up. [1913 Webster]

The Roman virtues lift up mortal man. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

Lest, being lifted up with pride. --1 Tim. iii. 6. [1913 Webster]

3. To bear; to support. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

4. To collect, as moneys due; to raise. [1913 Webster]

5. [Perh. a different word, and akin to Goth. hliftus thief, hlifan to steal, L. clepere, Gr. kle`ptein. Cf. {Shoplifter}.] To steal; to carry off by theft (esp. cattle); as, to lift a drove of cattle. [1913 Webster]

Note: In old writers, lift is sometimes used for lifted. [1913 Webster]

He ne'er lift up his hand but conquered. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{To lift up}, to raise or elevate; in the Scriptures, specifically, to elevate upon the cross. --John viii. 28.

{To lift up the eyes}. To look up; to raise the eyes, as in prayer. --Ps. cxxi. 1.

{To lift up the feet}, to come speedily to one's relief. --Ps. lxxiv. 3.

{To lift up the hand}. (a) To take an oath. --Gen. xiv. 22. (b) To pray. --Ps. xxviii. 2. (c) To engage in duty. --Heb. xii. 12.

{To lift up the hand against}, to rebel against; to assault; to attack; to injure; to oppress. --Job xxxi. 21.

{To lift up one's head}, to cause one to be exalted or to rejoice. --Gen. xl. 13. --Luke xxi. 28.

{To lift up the heel against}, to treat with insolence or unkindness. --John xiii.18.

{To lift up the voice}, to cry aloud; to call out. --Gen. xxi. 16. [1913 Webster]


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  • To lift up — Lift Lift (l[i^]ft), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lifted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Lifting}.] [Icel. lypta, fr. lopt air; akin to Sw. lyfta to lift, Dan. l[ o]fte, G. l[ u]ften; prop., to raise into the air. See {Loft}, and cf. 1st {Lift}.] 1. To move in a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To lift up the eyes — Lift Lift (l[i^]ft), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lifted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Lifting}.] [Icel. lypta, fr. lopt air; akin to Sw. lyfta to lift, Dan. l[ o]fte, G. l[ u]ften; prop., to raise into the air. See {Loft}, and cf. 1st {Lift}.] 1. To move in a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To lift up the feet — Lift Lift (l[i^]ft), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lifted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Lifting}.] [Icel. lypta, fr. lopt air; akin to Sw. lyfta to lift, Dan. l[ o]fte, G. l[ u]ften; prop., to raise into the air. See {Loft}, and cf. 1st {Lift}.] 1. To move in a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To lift up the hand — Lift Lift (l[i^]ft), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lifted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Lifting}.] [Icel. lypta, fr. lopt air; akin to Sw. lyfta to lift, Dan. l[ o]fte, G. l[ u]ften; prop., to raise into the air. See {Loft}, and cf. 1st {Lift}.] 1. To move in a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To lift up the hand against — Lift Lift (l[i^]ft), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lifted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Lifting}.] [Icel. lypta, fr. lopt air; akin to Sw. lyfta to lift, Dan. l[ o]fte, G. l[ u]ften; prop., to raise into the air. See {Loft}, and cf. 1st {Lift}.] 1. To move in a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To lift up the heel against — Lift Lift (l[i^]ft), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lifted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Lifting}.] [Icel. lypta, fr. lopt air; akin to Sw. lyfta to lift, Dan. l[ o]fte, G. l[ u]ften; prop., to raise into the air. See {Loft}, and cf. 1st {Lift}.] 1. To move in a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To lift up the voice — Lift Lift (l[i^]ft), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lifted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Lifting}.] [Icel. lypta, fr. lopt air; akin to Sw. lyfta to lift, Dan. l[ o]fte, G. l[ u]ften; prop., to raise into the air. See {Loft}, and cf. 1st {Lift}.] 1. To move in a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To haul in one's horns — Horn Horn (h[^o]rn), n. [AS. horn; akin to D. horen, hoorn, G., Icel., Sw., & Dan. horn, Goth. ha[ u]rn, W., Gael., & Ir. corn, L. cornu, Gr. ke ras, and perh. also to E. cheer, cranium, cerebral; cf. Skr. [,c]iras head. Cf. {Carat}, {Corn} on… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To pull in one's horns — Horn Horn (h[^o]rn), n. [AS. horn; akin to D. horen, hoorn, G., Icel., Sw., & Dan. horn, Goth. ha[ u]rn, W., Gael., & Ir. corn, L. cornu, Gr. ke ras, and perh. also to E. cheer, cranium, cerebral; cf. Skr. [,c]iras head. Cf. {Carat}, {Corn} on… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To take upon one's self — Take Take, v. t. [imp. {Took} (t[oo^]k); p. p. {Taken} (t[=a]k n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Taking}.] [Icel. taka; akin to Sw. taga, Dan. tage, Goth. t[=e]kan to touch; of uncertain origin.] 1. In an active sense; To lay hold of; to seize with the hands …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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