\ 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That’s when Larsen jumped into the water and got the line around his uncle so the Lucky Strike crew could hoist him aboard with an electric boat winch. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 7 July 2022 Excluding this new crypto initiative, Lightspeed’s new fundraise will hoist the firm’s assets under management to $18 billion. Jessica Mathews, Fortune, 12 July 2022 For the series, Colorado, which has skated to a 12-2 playoff record by sweeping the Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference Finals, is a -190 favorite to hoist the Cup while Tampa Bay is a +155 ‘dog. Lance Pugmire, USA TODAY, 15 June 2022 If not for this injury, the value deals made with DeAngelo, Andersen, and others may have been enough to hoist the Stanley Cup for the first time since 2006. Tyler Small, Forbes, 1 June 2022 Structurally reinforced pillars hoist the property up, creating the illusion of a floating vessel in the sky, from inside the home and from the perspective of the street below. Brenda Richardson, Forbes, 28 June 2022 Nathan MacKinnon scored once and assisted on the tiebreaking goal, helping the Colorado Avalanche hoist the Stanley Cup in Tampa, Florida, on Sunday after a 2-1 win over the defending champion Lighting. David K. Li, NBC News, 27 June 2022 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made an unannounced visit to Ukraine on Sunday to meet with Ukrainian officials and hoist the Canadian flag again over his country’s embassy in Kyiv. Washington Post, 8 May 2022 Senior guard Zach Reichle said for the season’s first two months, OSU guards often thought the best way to bail out the offense was to make a play or hoist a three. oregonlive, 20 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One at a time, they were transported out of the home to gain acceess to the roof where a guardsman was positioned to assist with the hoist. Gina Martinez, CBS News, 1 Aug. 2022 Firefighters used a helicopter hoist to rescue a driver who crashed his car off state Route 52 near Interstate 5 in La Jolla and ended up 50 feet down an embankment Wednesday morning. San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 July 2022 Look for a high-quality ceiling-mount hoist rack or get crafty and create your own DIY pulley system to retrieve the high-up bikes. Mary Cornetta, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 July 2022 Rocky Mountain Rescue assisted with the helicopter hoist operations, which occurred at approximately 8 p.m. MT. Julia Musto, Fox News, 12 July 2022 As part of the analysis, researchers roll immobilized polar bears onto a net, attach the net to a hoist and then lift the bear up for a measurement of its body mass. Evan Bush, NBC News, 16 June 2022 Renodo put the foam back, and the students headed down the hoist. John Seabrook, The New Yorker, 13 June 2022 All celebrated with a medal, a trophy hoist and free chocolate milk, the official drink of the Ohio High School Athletic Association. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 4 June 2022 The vote authorizes $16 million for the purchase of the aircraft, outfitting it with specialized gear like a hoist, radios, skids that allow the helicopter to land in rough terrain and a 375-gallon water tank. San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 May 2022 See More

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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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“Hoist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoist. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for hoist


\ 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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