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boost

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1 to lift with effort
  • boosted the child into her car seat

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3 to make markedly greater in measure or degree
  • recommended eating foods that boost the body's immunity to disease

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4 to move from a lower to a higher place or position
  • boosted the box onto the top shelf

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5 to provide publicity for
  • boosted the singer's latest release with a round of appearances on all the talk and entertainment shows

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6 slang to take (something) without right and with an intent to keep
  • the woman was nabbed trying to boost a couple of bottles of perfume

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boost

noun

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3 something that arouses action or activity
  • according to the President, a tax cut is just the boost that the economy needs

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Frequently Asked Questions About boost

How does the verb boost contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of boost are elevate, heave, hoist, lift, raise, and rear. While all these words mean "to move from a lower to a higher place or position," boost suggests assisting to climb or advance by a push.

boosted his brother over the fence

How does the word elevate relate to other synonyms for boost?

Elevate may replace lift or raise especially when exalting or enhancing is implied.

elevated the taste of the public

When would heave be a good substitute for boost?

Although the words heave and boost have much in common, heave implies lifting and throwing with great effort or strain.

heaved the heavy crate inside

When might hoist be a better fit than boost?

The meanings of hoist and boost largely overlap; however, hoist implies lifting something heavy especially by mechanical means.

hoisted the cargo on board

When could lift be used to replace boost?

The synonyms lift and boost are sometimes interchangeable, but lift usually implies exerting effort to overcome resistance of weight.

lift the chair while I vacuum

In what contexts can raise take the place of boost?

The words raise and boost can be used in similar contexts, but raise carries a stronger implication of bringing up to the vertical or to a high position.

scouts raising a flagpole

How are the words rear and raise related as synonyms of boost?

Rear may add an element of suddenness to raise.

suddenly reared itself up on its hind legs

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The first known use of boost was in 1801

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“Boost.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/boost. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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