\ 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

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

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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


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

If history tells us anything, Clemson probably won't be hoisting the trophy in New Orleans, but will be in the national championship conversation for years to come. Scooby Axson, SI.com, "Clemson's 2020 Recruiting Class Means the Dynasty-Building Will Continue," 3 July 2019 Agau averaged 21 points and 5.3 rebounds per game as his team, which also included former Louisville walk-on Dillon Avare, went 4-0 en route to hoisting the championship trophy. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "With the NBA draft over, Louisville basketball alumni look overseas for pro careers," 25 June 2019 This year is no different – but there are two players Wisconsin fans not only want to see up close but watch hoist the trophy late Sunday afternoon: Jerry Kelly and Stricker. James Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Steve Stricker, Jerry Kelly looking to capture an elusive home victory," 20 June 2019 For the first time since hoisting a trophy together, Beede and Buehler are back on the same diamond. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Teammates reunited in Giants-Dodgers rivalry that’s missing out on a key player," 20 June 2019 Dettori was jubilant in his triumph, kissing Meghan Markle’s hand and hoisting the trophy for photos. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Had Such a Grand Old Time at the Horse Race," 19 June 2018 On June 15, 2014, Leonard lived up to Popovich’s wildest prediction, hoisting the Finals MVP trophy in the midst of a thronging AT&T Center after the Spurs finished off Miami to earn their fifth championship. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Spurs, Leonard split won’t be pretty — if it happens," 15 June 2018 Two weeks after watching the Suns fall to San Antonio in the 2007 conference semifinals, Kerr became GM with a clear objective: put Phoenix in a position to get by the Spurs and hoist a Larry O’Brien trophy. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "Steve Kerr, Mike D’Antoni: Hoops savants who clashed in the past," 11 May 2018 With a stirring display of resilience this season, the Irish overcame a dispiriting series of knee injuries and persevered until the team hoisted the championship trophy. JerÉ Longman, New York Times, "Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale Beats Buzzer — Again — to Give Irish the Title," 1 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At this writing, the building is still unfinished, with a hoist still climbing up the facade. Robert Campbell, BostonGlobe.com, "One Dalton, Boston’s commanding new skyscraper, conjures architectural magic," 29 June 2019 The photos on the Facebook page for his company, Vaughan Gators, show that a hoist was eventually used to remove the alligator from the road. Doug Phillips, sun-sentinel.com, "The trapper was skeptical. What he found was a nearly 500-pound gator on the highway.," 20 June 2019 Officials said that a line that was supposed to prevent the stretcher from spinning malfunctioned during the hoist rescue. Fox News, "VIDEO: Arizona helicopter rescue gurney carrying woman, 74, spins uncontrollably midair," 5 June 2019 Officials reattached the flags to the broken metal hoist but were unable to raise them again. John Pye, Fox News, "Sun celebrates Asian Games win, upset over flag malfunction," 19 Aug. 2018 An operator prepares to lift a coil of aluminium with a hoist at a production facility in eastern France operated by Constellium. Bob Tita, WSJ, "Foreign Aluminum Producers Shake Off U.S. Tariffs," 26 Oct. 2018 In April, Laura and Kevin Moore were disheartened to realize early on in their vacation to Disney World with son William that there were no changing hoists in any of the park’s public bathrooms, the Daily Mail reported on June 5. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Disney World slammed by parents of disabled child for ‘disgraceful’ lack of changing facilities," 5 June 2018 The hoist did the work of two men, never faltering and never once complaining. Logan Ward, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Treehouse in the Backyard," 20 Mar. 2017 The new 7 North hoist features a 40-ton capacity, and operates at a speed of 900 feet per minute through the 1,451-foot-deep shaft. William Thornton, AL.com, "Kay Ivey at opening of new $19 million Warrior Met Coal portal," 2 May 2018

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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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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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