\ 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 The approaching summer break will also boost the company’s employment efforts, said Reddy. Fortune, "Long lines at Six Flags? Blame immigration limits, says its CEO," 28 Apr. 2021 Biden's infrastructure proposal calls for investments in domestic manufacturing, one part of a strategy the White House has said will boost workers against China's economic might. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "Biden leans into 'Middle Class Joe' moniker with union claim in joint address," 28 Apr. 2021 So while new development from wind energy can significantly boost rural economies and tax revenues, decisions on how the money is used are still made within the constraints of local school finance policy and law. Ben Hoen, The Conversation, "Wind farms bring windfalls for rural schools, but school finance laws limit how money is spent," 28 Apr. 2021 In this bill and the legislation now being drafted, Biden wants to boost growth, reverse economic inequality and bolster the federal safety net, especially for children. USA Today, "At 100 days (and after a lifetime in politics): The surprising presidency of Joe Biden," 28 Apr. 2021 Money managers’ risk appetite also was jolted by worry that the Biden administration may boost taxes. Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, "Nasdaq Composite Sets First Record Since February," 26 Apr. 2021 Pence adds a caveat, saying that NATO member nations should boost their defense spending. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, "Mike Pence Fast Facts," 26 Apr. 2021 The rapid move towards digital banking services and rising technological costs will likely also boost bank merger activity, McBride said. Palash Ghosh, Forbes, "‘Growth Mode’: NY Community Bancorp–Flagstar Deal Underscores Flurry Of Bank Mergers Amid Low Rates And Less Pandemic Uncertainty," 26 Apr. 2021 Mitter said that calls for boycotts may boost nationalism and support for the ruling Communist Party but are likely to inflict less economic harm than expected. NBC News, "Western brands tested by China amid forced labor allegation backlash," 25 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Economic development means a robust private sector CDFIs serving Native American communities give an economic boost for the entire region, Shulz-Oliver said. Wil Phinney, oregonlive, "In times of COVID-19, Indian Country finds solutions for entrepreneurial capital," 30 Apr. 2021 But the pay bump will give an extra boost to lower-wage workers like cleaning and maintenance professionals, food service employees on military bases and in government buildings, as well as nursing assistants who care for the nation's veterans. Sarah Kolinovsky, ABC News, "Biden to mandate $15 minimum wage for federal contract workers," 27 Apr. 2021 But there are hopes that a spate of Big Tech earnings this week could give markets a boost, especially as discussions of higher capital gains taxes on the wealthy rattle Wall Street. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "The SPAC boom has 'screeched to a halt.' That may be good thing," 26 Apr. 2021 While the album has been out for over a year, the song is still sitting pretty in the top five of the Hot 100, and the Weeknd seems to be hoping Grande can give him the boost to the top spot. Justin Curto, Vulture, "Ariana Grande Saved Her Tears for the Weeknd’s Remix, Out Now," 23 Apr. 2021 Moore would immediately change that, and give the entire unit a boost. Rob Reischel, Forbes, "Purdue’s Rondale Moore Could Become The Green Bay Packers’ Jack Of All Trades," 20 Apr. 2021 Many institutions also give a boost in admissions to athletes and children of alums. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Princeton Gets $20 Million From Bloomberg Philanthropies Toward Diversity," 19 Apr. 2021 If you’ve been getting distracted or been procrastinating, this transit may give you a boost of celestial stamina. Elizabeth Gulino,, "Mercury Is In Taurus Now, So You Should Take Things Really Slow," 18 Apr. 2021 The Biden administration rebuffed a request to meet with Bukele during an unannounced trip to Washington in February, fearing that doing so could give him a political boost ahead of the country's elections, officials told the Associated Press. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "White House migration strategy draws ire of key Central American leaders," 16 Apr. 2021

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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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2 May 2021

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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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