From Middle English upheven, from Old English ūphebban, ūpāhebban (“to lift up, raise up, exalt, rise in the air, fly”), equivalent to up- + heave. Cognate with Dutch opheffen (“to lift, raise”), German aufheben (“to lift, raise, cancel, repeal”).
- (transitive) To heave or lift up; raise up or aloft.
- (transitive) To lift or thrust something upward forcefully, or be similarly lifted or thrust upward.
- (intransitive) To be lifted up; rise.