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boost

verb \ ˈbüst \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of boost

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
intransitive verb
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

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Origin and Etymology of boost

of obscure origin

boost Synonyms

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 : 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

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?

Recent Examples of boost from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of boost

noun derivative of 1boost


BOOST Defined for English Language Learners

boost

verb

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


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

verb \ ˈbüst \

Definition of boost for Students

boosted; boosting
1 : to raise or push up from below
  • He boosted me through the window.
2 : to make bigger or greater
  • boost production

booster

noun

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boost

noun

Definition of boost for Students

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


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