\ 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

heave, heft, hoist, jack (up), upheave

Synonyms: Noun

abetment, aid, assist, assistance, backing, hand, help, helping hand, leg up, lift, support

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


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


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

Bone broth, according to Dr. Bradley, is the best collagen-boosting food. Sherri Leimkuhler,, "Leimkuhler: Consider collagen for joint pain, healthy skin," 15 Sep. 2019 The power to viscerally manipulate Warren’s image can be used to undermine her ideas rather than boost them. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "United We Stan," 11 Sep. 2019 Both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence had flown to North Carolina to campaign for Bishop, and national Republican groups spent millions of dollars in the district to boost him. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "Trump-backed Republican Dan Bishop narrowly wins in North Carolina special election," 11 Sep. 2019 The nation’s top economic planner on Monday issued a plan to boost hog production. Fortune, "Why an Internet Meme Showing a Pork Necklace Is a Nightmare for Chinese Economic Officials," 10 Sep. 2019 Lamont’s transportation reboot: After his tolling plan failed to gain traction in the General Assembly this past session, Lamont has directed his staff to pursue alternative plans to boost the state’s transportation funding. Russell Blair,, "Capitol Week in Review: Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport mayors face primary challenges Tuesday," 6 Sep. 2019 Macri's plans to boost growth by allowing market forces back into the economy ran into trouble first when the country faced one of its harshest droughts on record, which took a painful toll on the economy, particularly on exports. Frida Ghitis For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "America-first trade policy is crushing the global economy," 1 Sep. 2019 Miles to go Investors have, by now, come to accept that there may be no more monetary stimulus plans to boost the economy, given the government’s stringent commitment to lower fiscal deficit, or the difference between revenue and income. Anand James, Quartz India, "Foreign investors are still not enthused by Modi government’s latest policy boost," 29 Aug. 2019 With peace on the mountaintop there are plans to dramatically scale up coffee production, as part of the national park’s innovative plan to boost the incomes of people living around the park as well as revitalizing the environment. Washington Post, "Coffee growers help reforest Mozambique’s Mount Gorongosa," 25 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Lawrence Central should take a confidence boost from last week’s 41-31 win over Lawrence North. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Week 4 Indiana high school football predictions: Brownsburg-Avon, Cathedral-Chatard and more," 11 Sep. 2019 Stash inside glass storage containers in the fridge, chill, and add to salads for a flavor, nutrition, and texture boost. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "5 Trader Joe's New Products to Try This Fall," 17 Sep. 2019 The academy, in recommending an 8:30 a.m. start, said later bells could help reduce teenage car accidents and boost test scores and overall academic performance. Leslie Postal,, "Orange County high school start times: District offers 3 options for later bells," 16 Sep. 2019 Mayfield’s yardage total got a nice boost from Odell Beckham Jr.’s catch and run on an 89-yard touchdown. Scott Patsko,, "Grade Baker Mayfield’s performance against the Jets (poll)," 16 Sep. 2019 The McDonald’s All-American also brings a defensive boost to Crean’s young squad thanks to his sheer physical ability. Emily Caron,, "Can Anthony Edwards Spearhead a Georgia Basketball Turnaround?," 16 Sep. 2019 Support, opposition Tax supporters in Fairhope and Spanish Fort say the 3 mills will deliver a boost to public education at a time of concern in some Baldwin County communities that schools are falling behind in academic rankings. al, "Will Fairhope, Spanish Fort voters support property tax hikes for schools?," 14 Sep. 2019 NBC News's Jon Allen and Lauren Egan take a look at how the candidates fared — from those who gave their campaigns a likely boost to those who mostly missed the mark — in this analysis piece. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Bahamas brace for a 2nd hit, new 'SNL' cast member comes under fire and Dems clash in third debate: The Morning Rundown," 13 Sep. 2019 Spring Branch ISD students in Title 1 schools got an added boost on the first day of school, thanks to the efforts of the Spring Branch Education Foundation and RBC Capital Markets. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "RBC Capital Markets, Spring Branch Education Foundation provide school supplies to SBISD’s Title 1 elementary and middle schools," 13 Sep. 2019

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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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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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