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Pronunciation: /lɪft/

Translation of lift in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 u and c (boost) impulso (masculine) the news gave her a big lift la noticia le levantó mucho la moral or el ánimo this salad needs something to give it a lift a esta ensalada le hace falta algo que le dé un poco de gracia
    Example sentences
    • ‘It has given the security department a lift and it is encouraging that there is now a serious deterrent,’ he said.
    • We want to give them a lift, encouraging the good ones to stick with it and resist the temptation to jack it all in and run off with a Spanish waiter.
    • He gave a lift and a spur to a BBC office which could often be in a state of chaos.
    1.2 uncountable/no numerable [Aviation/Aviación] fuerza (feminine) propulsora, propulsión (feminine)
    Example sentences
    • Such torques are proposed to be counteracted anteriorly by lift forces generated by the head and pectoral fins.
    • Gliding works by having a gliding airfoil design that generates lift forces, keeping the animal in the air longer.
    • Any secondary school physics text or pilot licence manual will tell you that aerofoils generate lift because of the Venturi effect.
    Example sentences
    • To sustain an airplane in the air it is enough that the lift be equal to the weight, but for an airplane take off the lift must be bigger than weight.
    • Just how large is the inertial force required to oscillate a wing relative to the total lift that the wing must support?
    • Under normal flying conditions, they do not increase the lift of the airplane or materially aid the maneuverability.
  • 2 countable/numerable (ride) can I give you a lift? ¿quieres que te lleve or (Peru/Perú) [colloquial/familiar] te jale?, ¿quieres que te dé un aventón (Mexico/México) or (Colombia) [colloquial/familiar] una palomita? we got a lift as far as Cambridge nos llevaron en coche hasta Cambridge, nos dieron (un) aventón (Mexico/México) or (Colombia) [colloquial/familiar] una palomita hasta Cambridge
  • 3 countable/numerable (elevator) (British English/inglés británico) ascensor (masculine) she took the lift subió/bajó en el ascensor (before noun/delante del nombre) lift attendant ascensorista (masculine and feminine) lift shaft hueco (masculine) del ascensor
    Example sentences
    • When the lift doors open, they emerge in futuristic silver outfits and take their places at the control deck.
    • Being the nice, considerate girl I am, I opened the lift door for him to come in, when it was already almost 90% closed.
    • The lift door opened immediately and we entered.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 (raise) [weight/box/lid] levantar; [eyes/head] levantar she lifted her veil se levantó el velo shall I lift your suitcase down for you? ¿quieres que te baje la maleta? I lifted the child into his chair subí al niño a la silla to lift sb out of her/his depression/poverty sacar* a algn de la depresión/pobreza he lifted his game in the third set mejoró el juego en el tercer set lift the lid off quita or saca la tapa to have one's face lifted hacerse* un lifting, estirarse la piel ([ de la cara ]) 1.2 [plants/crops] recoger*
  • 3 3.1 (take, remove) (usually passive/normalmente en voz pasiva) sacar* a sentence lifted out of context una frase sacada de su contexto 3.2 (plagiarize) [colloquial/familiar] to lift sth (from sth) [idea/sentence] copiar or plagiar algo (de algo) 3.3 (steal) [colloquial/familiar] birlar [colloquial/familiar]

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1.1 (rise) [curtain] levantarse, alzarse*; [drawbridge] levantarse, abrirse* the seat lifts (up) el asiento se levanta to lift into the air [aircraft/balloon/kite] elevarse en el aire 1.2 (clear) [mist] disiparse; [headache] desaparecer*, irse*; [gloom] disiparse, desaparecer* the clouds have lifted se han disipado las nubes, el cielo se ha despejado

Phrasal verbs

lift off

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
[rocket/spacecraft] despegar*

lift up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
[lid/flap] levantar; [person/arm] levantar, alzar* lift me up so I can see álzame or levántame para que pueda ver lift up your hearts arriba los corazones

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