\ 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 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, "Dan Wheldon's sons Sebastian, Oliver, named Andretti Autosport development drivers," 25 Apr. 2021 So hoist your own cup to a successful day, and drop us a line when something interesting arises. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: Europe looks to sue AstraZeneca over Covid-19 vaccine shortfalls; FDA skewers Emergent vaccine facility," 24 Apr. 2021 Owners often hoist the trophy on Super Bowl Sunday, for example, whereas that would be anathema abroad. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Super League smashup: US business crashes into English soccer values," 23 Apr. 2021 Because of the biker’s precarious position, the helicopter team couldn’t simply hoist him to safety. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, "Mountain biker rescued hanging head-first off a cliff on Mt. Wilson in Angeles National Forest," 16 Apr. 2021 The Baylor guard got to the left block before pulling up with about four seconds remaining, attempting to hoist a shot — or perhaps draw a foul. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, "Did the UConn women foul Baylor’s DiJonai Carrington on her potential Elite Eight game-winning drive?," 30 Mar. 2021 Rescuers from the Idaho State Police and nearby local law enforcement and first responder agencies used a crane and other equipment to reach the occupants and hoist them to safety. Rebecca Boone, Star Tribune, "Rescuers save 2 from pickup dangling over deep Idaho gorge," 15 Mar. 2021 Loeb’s grip had to grab hold of the DP’s vest and gently hoist him off the floor afterward; his rig was too heavy to stand with. Hillary Kelly, Vulture, "Pieces of a Woman Hinges on One Heaving, Tremendous Home-Birth Scene," 12 Jan. 2021 Texas’s Ken Paxton decided to hoist the Chief on his own logic after the GOP Congress zeroed out the mandate penalty in the 2017 tax reform. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The GOP’s ObamaCare Self-Sabotage," 27 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In that space is a slot the car drives into with a hoist to lift it up. Brad Templeton, Forbes, "“Ample” Launches New Battery Swap For EVs That Could Avoid The Failures Of Previous Ventures," 3 Mar. 2021 First responders from Silverton Fire District used a hoist to bring the woman out of the well. oregonlive, "80-year-old woman rescued after falling 55 feet down a well in Scotts Mills," 19 Feb. 2021 Neighbors watched giant bulldozers and cranes hoist walls into place. New York Times, "Amazon’s Great Labor Awakening," 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, "Stay calm under pressure with lessons learned in the world’s most stressful careers," 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, "Firefighters challenge themselves, each other," 31 Dec. 2020 Will Falls City or Holy Cross hoist championship trophies? David Hinojosa, ExpressNews.com, "6A/5A high school football playoff preview," 9 Dec. 2020 After the game, Dwight and his best friend, Magic point guard Jameer Nelson, solemnly sat alone on the Magic bench watching the Lakers' hug and high five and hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy on Orlando’s home floor. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, "Hey, Magic fans, Dwight Howard may finally win a championship in Orlando! | Commentary," 22 Sep. 2020 The flag features a magnolia flower on a blue banner with red bars on the hoist and fly side of the flag. Alissa Zhu, USA TODAY, "The shield or the magnolia? Here are the final two options for the new Mississippi state flag," 25 Aug. 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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7 May 2021

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“Hoist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoist. Accessed 14 May. 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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