\ 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 DeVonta Smith capped a late-season surge and overtook three quarterback finalists -- teammate Mac Jones, Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Florida’s Kyle Trask -- to become the first wide receiver to hoist the Heisman since Desmond Howard in 1991. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, "DeVonta Smith is third Alabama player to win Heisman Trophy," 6 Jan. 2021 Yet in this gutting, emotionally draining and hopefully anomalous last 12 months, the sports figures who will stick with us forever are not merely those who managed to hoist a trophy. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "20 for 2020: Sports figures who defined courageous and kind, selfish and stubborn," 28 Dec. 2020 The Blazers made program and conference history by becoming the first team to win the C-USA title on the road three seasons ago and can hoist their second conference championship trophy in three years with a win over the Thundering Herd. Evan Dudley, al, "Blazer Buzz: UAB vs. Marshall TV info, key matchups," 18 Dec. 2020 Also, the Heat have yet to hoist a 2020 Eastern Conference championship banner next to the five other conference banners in place (2006, ’11, ’12, ’13, ’14). Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Heat back, fans not, as preseason opens in stark AmericanAirlines Arena setting," 14 Dec. 2020 In the Rogers Park neighborhood, Treacy Greer managed to hoist an 11-foot pine tree onto her third-floor deck and festoon it with 800 colored lights. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Wednesday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area," 9 Dec. 2020 Now, hours later, Riley and St. Cyr worked together to hoist the fish onto the dock and remove it from the bag. Kirk Deeter, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: Carp Crazy," 5 Dec. 2020 The captain announced an emergency and requested two helicopters to hoist the inmates out of the remote area. Matthias Gafni, SFChronicle.com, "Exclusive: Firefighting tactics went wrong in death of contractor, near-fatal injury to inmate," 25 Oct. 2020 Yet Chatard found a way to hoist a trophy a year later. Matthew Vantryon, The Indianapolis Star, "'Football was our sanctuary': Not even COVID could stop Bishop Chatard from repeating as champs," 29 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Rescuers used a hoist to lift Houvener to an Army National Guard helicopter for transport to an area hospital. oregonlive, "Climber tumbles 300 feet on Mt. Hood before being rescued by responders," 28 June 2020 With Golden State, Chriss stopped perching along the perimeter to hoist 3-pointers and instead focused on his strengths: running the floor, throwing down alley-oop dunks, finding open shooters, blocking shots. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "What we learned from the Warriors’ league-worst season," 8 June 2020 Behind Evans’ shop, a Fiero ripped off a hoist by the floods lay upside down alongside another car on its roof. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "Midland County floods destroy man’s Pontiac Fiero collection: 'It's devastating'," 21 May 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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19 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Hoist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoist. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce hoist (audio) How to pronounce hoist (audio)

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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