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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

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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

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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

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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

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boost

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Definition of boost for Students

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



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