\ 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 Like the Warriors, the Glastonbury girls were among the last teams to hoist a state title trophy before COVID-19 paused high school sports. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, 1 June 2021 These 10 players will determine how deep their teams last in March — and who will hoist the national championship trophy April 4 in the Alamodome. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 16 Mar. 2021 But the new playoff format only allows one of those teams to make it through to the Stanley Cup semifinals for a chance to reach the finals and hoist the Stanley Cup. Jay Ginsbach, Forbes, 15 May 2021 After the game, Howe reflected on the championship while watching his team hoist the trophy. Phillip Steinmetz, The Courier-Journal, 15 May 2021 South Florida has been well represented at the FHSAA state flag football championships, and Western High School flag football coach James O’Brien believes this could be their season to hoist a trophy. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, 30 Apr. 2021 Will a female manager win a World Series championship, or hoist a Super Bowl trophy? Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Apr. 2021 The silo's 10-foot-high walls prevented Milo from climbing back out, so town residents helped animal control officers loop a rope around the dog and hoist him to safety, the shelter said. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 23 Feb. 2021 And now, because of that, Sebastien and Oliver have a chance to hoist the Borg Warner on their own someday – largely in part to the man their father was on and off the racetrack. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 25 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Though in the recent years, members of the community have modified the flag with a chevron along the hoist that features black, brown, light blue, pink, and white to represent people of color and the transgender community. Phillip Zonkel, USA TODAY, 10 June 2021 In the 2000s, fans got to see players such as Sergio Garcia, Vjiay Singh and Adam Scott hoist the Nelson trophy. Scott Bell, Dallas News, 8 May 2021 In that space is a slot the car drives into with a hoist to lift it up. Brad Templeton, Forbes, 3 Mar. 2021 First responders from Silverton Fire District used a hoist to bring the woman out of the well. oregonlive, 19 Feb. 2021 Neighbors watched giant bulldozers and cranes hoist walls into place. New York Times, 18 Feb. 2021 Managing stressful scenarios like that complex night hoist requires a careful balance of focusing on executing the task at hand while not freaking out about every future possibility. Rob Verger, Popular Science, 8 Jan. 2021 The competition includes simulating the arduous and essential skills of firefighting, from climbing a five-story tower in full gear to forcible entry, victim rescue and fire hose hoist and drag. NOLA.com, 31 Dec. 2020 Will Falls City or Holy Cross hoist championship trophies? David Hinojosa, ExpressNews.com, 9 Dec. 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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12 Jun 2021

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“Hoist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoist. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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