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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).


upheave (third-person singular simple present upheaves, present participle upheaving, simple past upheaved or uphove, past participle upheaved or uphoven)

  1. (transitive) To heave or lift up; raise up or aloft.
  2. (transitive) To lift or thrust something upward forcefully, or be similarly lifted or thrust upward.
  3. (intransitive) To be lifted up; rise.

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