Can somebody clarify the difference between lift and elevator.
They are the same thing. Lift is British English and elevator is American English.
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lifts are usually constructed to carry just one person but elevators are constructed to carry people, their wheel chairs,materials etc. Elevators are also vertical transport devices used in buildings under construction for materials transportation. Peter
Anonymouslifts are usually constructed to carry just one person
That is simply not true in the UK.

It should be called a lift, because you can lift something up and you can lift something down. Elevate is a verb which means to raise or lift (something) to a higher position. You cannot elevate something down. Therefore it should be called a lift and not an elevator. ☺

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