\ 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 In summer 2019, a crane hoisted old heavy machinery out of the water, removing the last vestiges of human interference. Ciara Nugent / Wallasea Island, Time, "The Best Way to Save Nature? More Nature," 12 Sep. 2019 The flag—hoisted before kickoff for each game at CenturyLink Field—represents community, devotion and passion for a fan base that prides itself in having the best, and loudest, home-field advantage in the NFL. SI.com, "A History of Football in 100 Objects," 28 Aug. 2019 The Portland Timbers last hoisted the Cascadia Cup in 2017 after beating the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 on the final day of the regular season at Providence Park. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive.com, "Portland Timbers head into game against Seattle Sounders with chance to claim Cascadia Cup," 22 Aug. 2019 The flags of Hong Kong (left) and China are seen hoisted outside the West Kowloon train station of the High Speed Rail Link to Guangzhou as sales counters were opened to the public for the first time in Hong Kong on September 10, 2018. James Griffiths, CNN, "China's arrest of a Hong Kong man puts spotlight on a controversial shared rail station," 22 Aug. 2019 Anyway, Watt hoisted it over his shoulder and continued his walk amid much fanfare from Wisconsin fans. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "J.J. Watt participates in Packers bike riding tradition and seems to have broken the poor kid's bike," 5 Aug. 2019 John Heinkel, a professional repo man with a full head of graying hair and a small and scrappy build, hoists a Lime scooter on its back wheel, setting off the alarm underneath the scooter’s brake. Amy Martyn, The Verge, "They said you could leave electric scooters anywhere — then the repo men struck back," 24 July 2019 The bird hoisted both animals some 20 feet in the air. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Audubon Photography Award Winners Show the Breathtaking Beauty of Wild Birds," 16 July 2019 Veterinarian Pierre-Yves Daoust hoists himself on top of the corpse, standing inside waist deep. Nick Hawkins, National Geographic, "6 recent deaths push rare whales closer to extinction," 11 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Rescuers from the Alaska Army and Air Guards, flying in a Black Hawk helicopter, located the hikers and were able to use a hoist to lift the men off the mountain, said officials. Jeff Parrott, Anchorage Daily News, "Two men rescued from Mount Marathon after losing trail in bear encounter," 19 July 2019 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 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 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 Firefighters placed ladders into the recess and used a hoist to pull the man up to ground level. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Man falls in 10-foot-deep recess at White House complex," 15 June 2018 The movers zipped him up in the stretcher and hooked it to a hoist. Andy Newman, New York Times, "How Do You Move a Shark? Very Carefully," 16 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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1 Nov 2019

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The first known use of hoist was in the 15th century

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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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