\ 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

After protecting the whales from the sun with shades, rescuers used canvas slings to hoist the animals out of the water and relocate them. Fox News, "Florida beachgoers, wildlife officials rescue 5 stranded pilot whales," 30 July 2019 This year, American embassies were told not to hoist gay-pride banners on their flagpoles, although it was specified that they could be displayed more discreetly. B.c., The Economist, "The old American consensus on religious liberty is weakening," 18 July 2019 Brooks and Serleth had to work together to hoist the creature and carefully place him in the back of their patrol vehicle. Los Angeles Times, "Giant tortoise makes a break for it, is soon in CHP custody," 17 July 2019 Just don’t expect Woods to be hoisting the jug on Sunday. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: It's big-boy baseball season and it's OK to wonder what if, Reds fans," 16 July 2019 Responding units said a 50-foot cable was necessary to hoist the truck from the hillside. Gwendolyn Wu, SFChronicle.com, "Fatal crash kills driver, snarls I-80 traffic in San Pablo," 15 July 2019 Woods and Koepka are among a host of players who will like their chances to win this week—so who will hoist the trophy come Sunday evening? Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Ranking the Top 100 Golfers at the 2019 U.S. Open," 11 June 2019 The gentrification of Brooklyn, N.Y., has come to this: For the first time in 116 years, Our Lady of Mount Carmel has been forced to actively recruit men to hoist a four-ton tower on poles and dance it down the street in the middle of summer. Katie Honan, WSJ, "An Old Brooklyn Church Seeks New Muscle to Save a Tradition," 10 June 2019 When reconstituted, the achingly beautiful form became a roof, which was to be hoisted onto 10 wood columns staking out a simple rectangular perimeter. David Netto, Town & Country, "Frank Gehry Built a Tiny House for Michael Eisner," 19 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

According to crews, the hoist was challenging and completed in dim light. oregonlive.com, "Coast Guard rescues stranded hikers in Oregon and Washington on Monday," 6 Aug. 2019 The man was lifted by hoist from the island by a Maryland State Police helicopter. Phil Davis, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland State Police lift injured boater from island in Anne Arundel County," 29 July 2019 The medevac unit stood up in 2017, and Wednesday’s mission was its first rescue with hoist. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Injured hiker, companion rescued from ridge near Girdwood after 30-foot fall," 18 July 2019 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

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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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