\ ˈhȯist How to pronounce hoist (audio) , chiefly dialectal ˈhīst How to pronounce hoist (audio) \
hoisted; hoisting; hoists

Definition of hoist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : lift, raise especially : to raise into position by or as if by means of tackle hoist a flag hoist the sails Cargo was hoisted up into the ship.
2 : drink sense 1 hoist a few beers

intransitive verb

: to become hoisted : rise let it hoist to the upper deck



Definition of hoist (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of raising or lifting : an act of hoisting (see hoist entry 1) gave him a hoist over the wall
2 : an apparatus (such as a tackle or a hydraulic lift) for lifting or raising : an apparatus for hoisting (see hoist entry 1)
3 : the height of a flag when viewed flying a flag with a 20-foot hoist

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Other Words from hoist


hoister noun

Synonyms for hoist

Synonyms: Verb

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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 hoist in a Sentence

Verb The steel girders were hoisted into place and securely welded. The engine was hoisted out with a winch. The cargo was hoisted up onto the ship. He stopped at a bar after work to hoist a few beers with his friends. She hoisted a last-second shot that would have won the game if it had gone in.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Kwai’s crew of 11, sailors accustomed to unloading anything from cars to concrete on isolated islands, uses winches and sweat to hoist the heavy nets from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, where swirling currents gather floating debris. Doug Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, "Untangling the ocean trash glut, one ‘ghost net’ at a time," 19 June 2020 The Second Continental Congress officially adopted the National Flag of the United States of America in 1777 and the day was later named Flag Day in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson, who urged citizens to hoist the flag high in celebration. Editors, USA TODAY, "George Floyd protests, SpaceX Starlink mission, West Point graduation: 5 things to know this weekend," 13 June 2020 Ever since his dad hoisted a five-year-old Cunningham onto his shoulders and carried the boy a couple blocks home from that first Indy 500 in 1969, the current Greenfield resident has stood in the bleachers every Memorial Day weekend at IMS. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Without an Indy 500 in May, longtime fans grapple with emotions: It doesn't feel like May," 22 May 2020 On this day, the daring French advance guard even reached the top of the walls and hoisted the imperial eagle of the French flag. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "The Real History of Cinco de Mayo," 5 May 2020 Additionally, whichever team hoists the Larry O’Brien Trophy this year will have overcome obstacles that no other NBA team has ever faced. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Do not slap an asterisk on this year's NBA champion," 26 May 2020 As a result, the obviously overwrought profit forecast hoisted the denominator, just as the 34% drop in prices was crushing the numerator. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "The Fed’s economists are worried that stock prices are inflated—and they are right," 18 May 2020 Instead, the rocket hoisted a massive, 67-foot-long prototype capsule designed to carry a crew of six into space, according to SpaceFlightNow.com. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "China Launches Its Most Powerful Rocket Yet," 6 May 2020 On Wednesday, the department will likely hoist its quarterly refunding auctions -- encompassing 3-, 10- and 30-year securities -- to a historic amount. Saleha Mohsin, Bloomberg.com, "Treasury’s $4 Trillion Funding Task Signals Record Auction Slate," 5 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With Golden State, Chriss stopped perching along the perimeter to hoist 3-pointers and instead focused on his strengths: running the floor, throwing down alley-oop dunks, finding open shooters, blocking shots. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "What we learned from the Warriors’ league-worst season," 8 June 2020 Behind Evans’ shop, a Fiero ripped off a hoist by the floods lay upside down alongside another car on its roof. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "Midland County floods destroy man’s Pontiac Fiero collection: 'It's devastating'," 21 May 2020 The crew lashed the two A-frames around the statue, then added the crossbar and a hoist. Chron.com Staff, Houston Chronicle, "This week, 32 years ago, Rice University students pull the Will Rice statue prank," 14 Apr. 2020 The hoist followed a prescribed path to move the lid aside without setting it down. cincinnati.com, "Death, lies and uranium: How an Ohio man’s mysterious disappearance in 1984 still haunts family, friends," 17 Mar. 2020 To either add salt to the slurry or to drop in the ingots, a hefty hoist had to lift off the hefty lid. cincinnati.com, "Death, lies and uranium: How an Ohio man’s mysterious disappearance in 1984 still haunts family, friends," 17 Mar. 2020 According to one military official, the Americans who were killed had to be pulled out with a hoist after falling into a crevice. New York Times, "U.S. Military Reviewing Iraq Operations After 2 Troops Die Fighting ISIS," 9 Mar. 2020 The friendly competition will determine who is the best at such skills such as hose drag, forcible entry, equipment carry, hose hoist and the Keiser sled. Houston Chronicle, "Feb. 26-March 14: Heritage Fest, Firefighter Challenge coming up in northwest Houston," 24 Feb. 2020 The company called the Air Force to evacuate the wounded because Army helicopters at the time didn’t have hoists. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio veteran’s story helped Hollywood recognize a hero," 13 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of hoist


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1654, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hoist

Verb and Noun

alteration of hoise

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The first known use of hoist was in the 15th century

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23 Jun 2020

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“Hoist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoist. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hoist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to raise (something) especially by using ropes or machinery
basketball, informal : to take (a shot)



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

: a machine used for lifting heavy loads


\ ˈhȯist How to pronounce hoist (audio) \
hoisted; hoisting

Kids Definition of hoist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to lift up especially with a pulley



Kids Definition of hoist (Entry 2 of 2)

: a device used for lifting heavy loads

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