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boost

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verb \ˈbüst\

Definition of boost

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to push or shove up from below <boosted him up over the fence>

  3. 2 :  increase, raise <plans to boost production> <an extra holiday to boost morale>

  4. 3 :  to promote the cause or interests of :  plug <a campaign to boost the new fashions>

  5. 4 :  to raise the voltage of or across (an electric circuit)

  6. 5 slang :  steal, shoplift

  7. intransitive verb
  8. slang :  shoplift

Examples of boost in a sentence

  1. She boosted the boy onto his father's shoulders.

  2. <boosted the child into her car seat>

Origin and Etymology of boost

of obscure origin


First Known Use: 1801

Synonym Discussion of boost

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>.

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boost

noun

Definition of boost

  1. 1 :  a push upward <gave her a boost into the saddle>

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

  3. 3 :  an increase in amount <a boost in prices>

Examples of boost in a sentence

  1. a boost in wheat production

  2. Exercise can sometimes provide a boost of energy.

  3. After layoffs at the company, employees needed a boost in morale.

  4. One company's innovation has proven to be a boost to the entire industry.

  5. Give the boy a boost onto the stage, will you?

Origin and Etymology of boost

noun derivative of 1boost


First Known Use: 1801


BOOST Defined for English Language Learners

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boost

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verb \ˈbüst\

Definition of boost for English Language Learners

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

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


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boost

noun

Definition of boost for English Language Learners

  • : an increase in amount

  • : help or encouragement

  • : a push upward


BOOST Defined for Kids

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boost

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verb \ˈbüst\

Definition of boost for Students

boosted

boosting

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

  2. 2 :  to make bigger or greater <boost production>

booster

noun

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boost

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noun

Definition of boost for Students

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



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