Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

uplift | upliftment

1) cheer up or inspire, elevate socially
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • uplift someone's mood
  • Analysis
    Uplift is a verb meaning to raise something up. "He uplifted the flag on the pole." "His face became uplifted at the sight of his grandchildren." To 'uplift' someone also refers to raising their spirits or to create positive feelings in somebody else. "She left the appraisal feeling uplifted and confident about her work." "His music uplifts me no matter what mood I am in." As a noun, 'uplift' refers to the act of uplifting something. "The fine has been uplifted from €50 to €75."
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. Harry was very down after his relationship ended, but I managed to say the right things to uplift him.
    2. Listening to the inspirational motivational speaker gave her the uplift she needed after a difficult few weeks.
    3. I love going to concerts because I find classical music so uplifting.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. The government put a series of economic measures in place to help uplift people from poverty.
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2) improvement of the spiritual or moral condition
  • How to MemorizePopularity LowProfessional MediumSocial
    • the upliftment of the spiritual condition
  • Analysis
    The word 'upliftment' comes from Indian English, and relates to spirituality and morality. It is not an automatic replacement for saying that you feel uplifted, because 'uplifted' doesn't necessarily refer to spiritual wellbeing. It is debated whether this word belongs in the English language, although it could be argued that like all languages, English allows for new entries into its lexicon, and this word may become commonplace outside its original contexts. It is also used in some African countries.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. Following the spiritual retreat in the mountains, the young woman experienced a sense of upliftment and clarity.
    2. The Guru was very well respected, and people came away from his classes with a wonderful feeling of upliftment.
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