boost

verb
\ˈbüst \
boosted; boosting; boosts

Definition of boost 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to push or shove up from below boosted him up over the fence

2 : increase, raise plans to boost production an extra holiday to boost morale

3 : to promote the cause or interests of : plug a campaign to boost the new fashions

4 : to raise the voltage of or across (an electric circuit)

5 slang : steal, shoplift

boost

noun

Definition of boost (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a push upward gave her a boost into the saddle

2 : an act that brings help or encouragement : assist an innovation that has been a boost to the entire industry

3 : an increase in amount a boost in prices

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Verb

lift, raise, rear, elevate, hoist, heave, boost mean to move from a lower to a higher place or position. lift usually implies exerting effort to overcome resistance of weight. lift the chair while I vacuum raise carries a stronger implication of bringing up to the vertical or to a high position. scouts raising a flagpole rear may add an element of suddenness to raise. suddenly reared itself up on its hind legs elevate may replace lift or raise especially when exalting or enhancing is implied. elevated the taste of the public hoist implies lifting something heavy especially by mechanical means. hoisted the cargo on board heave implies lifting and throwing with great effort or strain. heaved the heavy crate inside boost suggests assisting to climb or advance by a push. boosted his brother over the fence

Examples of boost in a Sentence

Verb

She boosted the boy onto his father's shoulders. boosted the child into her car seat

Noun

a boost in wheat production Exercise can sometimes provide a boost of energy. After layoffs at the company, employees needed a boost in morale. One company's innovation has proven to be a boost to the entire industry. Give the boy a boost onto the stage, will you?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Networks and producers have taken steps to boost opportunities, but with uneven results. Lynn Elber, chicagotribune.com, "Emmy diversity gets a boost from Ricky Martin, Issa Rae," 13 July 2018 As chairman of a subcommittee that regulated Wall Street, Garrett frequently challenged attempts to boost the SEC's funding, especially after the enactment of the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul law. Herb Jackson, USA TODAY, "Jersey payback: Rep. BIll Pascrell wants GOP foe Scott Garrett's federal salary cut to $1," 13 July 2018 Before the millionaire’s tax was struck down, voters in 2014 reversed a plan to boost the gas tax by tying it to inflation rates. Adam Vaccaro, BostonGlobe.com, "A Blue Line to Lynn? Advocates are pushing a new way to fund transportation projects," 12 July 2018 Traditional brands such as Under Armour, Gap, H&M and Levi Strauss & Co. have begun to join in, too, taking steps to boost sustainability. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "Fast fashion fuels sustainable-apparel movement," 11 July 2018 In another move to boost transfers, the UC Academic Senate developed a road map of courses needed to enter 21 popular majors — a move aimed in part at helping transfer applicants avoid wasting time and money on unnecessary classes. Teresa Watanabe, latimes.com, "UC opens doors to record number of Californians, led by growth in transfer students," 11 July 2018 Last year, President Donald Trump reversed a campaign pledge and announced plans to boost troops in Afghanistan, which have been present since the 2001 invasion following the 9/11 attacks. Laignee Barron, Time, "Mike Pompeo Pushes for Peace Talks With the Taliban During a Surprise Stop in Afghanistan," 10 July 2018 Kentucky will need whichever quarterback wins the starting job to boost a passing game that has too often forced Snell to carry the load alone in the last two years. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "How Kentucky football can win (or lose) against South Carolina," 6 July 2018 But membership in the English heartland has been shrinking over the years, as Britain's population ages, and the average Church of England member today is 68 years old, despite successive attempts by Church leaders to boost appeal. Robert Stevens, The Christian Science Monitor, "Church of England's outreach effort may mean end of 'snobbishness'," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The deal calls for pay raises, including a boost for the company’s thousands of part-time workers, who would start at $13 an hour under the new agreement, up from $10 an hour currently, according to the Teamsters. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, "UPS-Teamsters labor deal tackles weekend deliveries, potential for drones and driverless vehicles," 10 July 2018 Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, a generic drug manufacturer in Union County, has won federal approval to start making an anti-malaria drug, a big boost for a company that has invested $100 million in its Monroe facility over the last few years. Hannah Lang, charlotteobserver, "After investing $100 million in NC, company finally gets OK to make new drug in the US," 3 July 2018 Included in the $14-million budget boost for county sheriff’s operations are 26 additional patrol deputies and 27 civilian positions. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs' budget includes millions more for public safety, no tax-rate increase," 27 June 2018 That should lower the country’s borrowing costs and increase investment in its stock and bond markets, a boost for Argentina, which is battling a run on the peso and has had to turn to the IMF for help. The Economist, "Business this week," 23 June 2018 Should Australia surprise, expect a boost for that country’s Domino’s Pizza Enterprises. Bloomberg, Fortune, "How to Bet on World Cup 2018—In the Stock Market," 14 June 2018 The Trump campaign then drew upon those funds to make high-profile donations during the Iowa caucuses in the foundation’s name, effectively giving him a political boost for charitable giving made with other people’s money. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Donald Trump’s charity is an ‘empty shell.’," 14 June 2018 But Hussein sees the sports company’s move as a positive influence—both solidifying Muslim women’s place in the sports market and providing awareness and a sales boost for her own company. Ruqaya Izzidien, Outside Online, "Fatimah Hussein Is America's Sports Hijab Pioneer," 6 June 2018 Kevin Love returned from a concussion to provide a big boost for Cleveland with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Janie Mccauley, courant.com, "Warriors Withstand James' 51 Points To Win NBA Finals Game 1," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of boost

Verb

1801, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for boost

Verb

of obscure origin

Noun

noun derivative of boost entry 1

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boost

verb

English Language Learners Definition of boost

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to increase the force, power, or amount of (something)

: to push or shove (something or someone) up from below

boost

noun

English Language Learners Definition of boost (Entry 2 of 2)

: an increase in amount

: help or encouragement

: a push upward

boost

verb
\ˈbüst \
boosted; boosting

Kids Definition of boost

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to raise or push up from below He boosted me through the window.

2 : to make bigger or greater boost production

Other Words from boost

booster noun

boost

noun

Kids Definition of boost (Entry 2 of 2)

: a push up : an act of boosting Give me a boost over the fence.

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