\ ˈbüst How to pronounce boost (audio) \
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



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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Synonyms & Antonyms for boost

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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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 Despite all of that, GM hit its global financial and other performance goals, allowing it to boost the bonus payments to salaried employees who meet their individual performance targets, a GM spokesman confirmed. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "GM to pay salaried workers bigger bonuses despite turbulent 2019," 14 Feb. 2020 Taking advantage of the opportunity to boost his country’s tourism profile, Hun Sen said the passengers were free to go to the beach, go sightseeing in Sihanoukville or even visit the famous centuries-old Angkor Wat temple complex in the northwest. Washington Post, "Cruise stranded by virus fears ends with roses in Cambodia," 14 Feb. 2020 But there’s a big change this year that reflects California’s sudden importance in choosing the Democratic nominee: Candidates are spending big money to employ staffers to boost support leading up to the March 3 primary. Joe Garofoli,, "Can Amy Klobuchar compete in California? Other Democrats have big head start," 13 Feb. 2020 Trump’s own rhetoric of division and exclusion was preceded by the 2004 reelection campaign for George W. Bush, which took advantage of homophobia to boost turnout from social conservatives. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "End the GOP," 13 Feb. 2020 Part of it resides in the inactivity at the trade deadline to boost a bench that entered Thursday ranked 28th out of 30 teams in bench scoring. Globe Staff,, "Celtics again defying expectations this season, but this time in a good way," 13 Feb. 2020 Police eventually concluded Smollett orchestrated the attack himself to boost his publicity and paid two acquaintances to help him set it up. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for February 12: 2020 Dems, Roger Stone, coronavirus, Ireland," 12 Feb. 2020 The victory will do little to boost Kentucky's resume, but a loss could have been catastrophic considering the Commodores entered the day with just one Southeastern Conference win the last two years and ranked 152nd in the NCAA's NET metric. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky basketball rallies from double-digit deficit for win at Vanderbilt," 12 Feb. 2020 But lawmakers will have less flexibility to boost science spending than in the recent past. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "Trump’s new budget cuts all but a favored few science programs," 11 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Zenick’s performance provided a boost for Carroll’s bid for a second straight team championship. Dallas News, "UIL swimming championships: Southlake Carroll’s Kit Kat Zenick sets record in 50-yard freestyle, Dallas ISD athletes make splash in prelims," 15 Feb. 2020 Aaron Nola is back as the top starter, and OF Andrew McCutchen’s return from injury will provide a boost. Cameron Dasilva, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "How many games will the Philadelphia Phillies win in 2020?," 14 Feb. 2020 Guard John Pettway, who has missed the last three games with a knee injury, is expected back on Thursday and should provide a boost. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Chad Lott, South Alabama looking to do ‘whatever it takes’ in season’s home stretch," 13 Feb. 2020 Sunak must now rapidly prepare for a budget that was already set to provide a major fiscal boost after a decade of austerity, and there is speculation that the new chancellor may prove less of a brake on Johnson’s spending ambitions. Jessica Shankleman, Fortune, "On Day 13 in post-Brexit Britain, Boris Johnson loses his finance chief in tumultuous cabinet shakeup," 13 Feb. 2020 Mantha's presence on the ice provides a major boost to an anemic attack. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings' Anthony Mantha good to go, will return Tuesday in Buffalo," 10 Feb. 2020 Positive economic indicators usually reflect well on the sitting president and will likely provide a boost to President Trump in his bid for reelection. Jay Heflin, Washington Examiner, "Valentine’s Day spending expected to top $27B, an all-time high," 10 Feb. 2020 Drake provided a boost to Arizona's backfield with 643 yards rushing and eight TDs in eight games. Matt Goul, cleveland, "NFL free agents 2020: Rushing leader Derrick Henry sets tone; where Kareem Hunt could rank in open market of running backs," 5 Feb. 2020 Solid earnings from Japan's Panasonic, which supplies Tesla with batteries, also provided a boost, according to Reuters. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Tesla's stock continues its meteoric rise with $129 jump," 4 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of boost


1801, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for boost


of obscure origin


noun derivative of boost entry 1

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The first known use of boost was in 1801

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17 Feb 2020

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“Boost.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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



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

: an increase in amount
: help or encouragement
: a push upward


\ ˈbüst How to pronounce boost (audio) \
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



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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