Definition of airlift in English:


Syllabification: air·lift
Pronunciation: /ˈe(ə)rˌlift


  • An act of transporting supplies by aircraft, typically in a blockade or other emergency: a massive airlift of food, blankets, and medical supplies
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    • The USA provided assistance in the form of an emergency airlift of food and other essentials known as Operation Provide Relief.
    • Apart from the usual sprains, strains, stings and bouts of homesickness, the medics were involved in organising the emergency airlift of a critically ill cadet.
    • The air force provides U.S. military forces with worldwide strategic airlifts and tactical airlifts of men and materiel, effecting deliveries by both air landing and parachute drop.


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  • Transport (troops or supplies) by aircraft, typically when transportation by land is difficult: helicopters were employed to airlift the troops out of danger
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    • From here supplies were airlifted to soldiers deployed in the wars in the Balkans and in Afghanistan.
    • Food and other supplies were airlifted by national helicopters to the workers.
    • Their tanks, other vehicles and supplies will be airlifted in behind them.

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