I. Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to lift up ; elevate; especially to cause (a portion of the earth's surface) to rise above adjacent areas 2. to improve the spiritual, social, or intellectual condition of intransitive verb riseuplifter noun II. noun Date: circa 1845 1. an act, process, result, or cause of uplifting: as a. (1) the uplifting of a part of the earth's surface (2) an uplifted mass of land b. a bettering of a condition especially spiritually, socially, or intellectually c. (1) influences intended to uplift (2) a social movement to improve especially morally or culturally 2. a brassiere designed to hold the breasts up

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