\ 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 Finally, the time came to hoist the finished triangular truss upright. Douglas Starr, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Mar. 2022 So hoist your own cup to a successful day and drop us a line when something interesting arises… Under the reign of Francis Collins, the National Institutes of Health was untouchable, STAT notes. Ed Silverman, STAT, 25 Mar. 2022 At a video news conference, Powell suggested the Fed is willing to hoist rates even more quickly, but his remarks Monday were more explicit. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, 21 Mar. 2022 Zdeno Chara was the first to hoist the Stanley Cup after the Bruins victory over Vancouver in 2011. BostonGlobe.com, 3 Mar. 2022 His one-dimensional prototype motivated him and other groups to see if algorithms could hoist researchers further up the ladder. Quanta Magazine, 7 Feb. 2022 The helicopter returned to the cliffs to hoist a second person, described only as a female who was not injured and was a friend of the victim, down to the beach, Muñoz said. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Feb. 2022 On the weekends, what would normally be his days off, Louime was the man behind the broad smile and muscle who’d race out and help people hoist heavy items for donations out of their cars at his second job at the Goodwill drop-off center in Davie. Eileen Kelley, sun-sentinel.com, 2 Feb. 2022 The plan, Bearkats coach Jason Hooten said, was to blockade the paint and dare Carr to hoist from deep. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 1 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett confirmed the body was recovered via helicopter hoist March 31. Caleb Hutton, oregonlive, 4 Apr. 2022 Another danger: Attaching the hoist ropes to the wrong point on the triangle could cause the structure to buckle and the pieces that held it together to pop apart. Douglas Starr, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Mar. 2022 Lifeguards and firefighters worked together to rescue the man, using a helicopter hoist to lift him on a stretcher from the canyon. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Feb. 2022 In the dining hall, food arrives on a hoist from the ceiling. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, 11 Feb. 2022 Bridge nets are also employed to help with the final hoist to the planks. Frank Sargeant, al, 1 Dec. 2021 Using pieces of plywood, sliding door rails, and an electric hoist, the pet lover — who is also dad to labradoodle Max — constructed a genius DIY cat elevator over a flight of stairs. Tristan Balagtas, PEOPLE.com, 8 Nov. 2021 Depending on the nature of distress, the rescue swimmer deploys via freefall or hoist to provide assistance. al, 5 Nov. 2021 During the 16th century, its past tense gave rise to the modern hoist/hoisted. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 Sep. 2021 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 17 May. 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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