\ 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In February, the Buccaneers not only won the Super Bowl, but became the first team to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in their own stadium. Tom Layberger, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 There were eight age division champions that got to hoist the coveted Super Bowl trophy to the delight of their players and fans. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, 16 Dec. 2021 But fortunately for the Timbers supporters in the crowd, they were spared the indignity of seeing the Sounders hoist a championship trophy in Portland. oregonlive, 10 Dec. 2021 Come back strong Friday against Western Kentucky, and the Alamodome will go wild again while the Roadrunners hoist a trophy. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, 27 Nov. 2021 Northeast Ohio is home to a collection of young field hockey players with aspirations to one day hoist the OHSAA state trophy. Kayla Harvey, cleveland, 28 Aug. 2021 Michael McDonald and Christopher Cross walked on water so Taylor Hawkins and Dave Navarro could hoist their jibs. Devon Ivie, Vulture, 23 Nov. 2021 That adds intrigue as to who gets to hoist the massive 85-pound trophy comprised of marble, crystal and metal. John Zenor, ajc, 24 Nov. 2021 For a team that wants to hoist more 3-pointers and is committed to an Allen-Mobley pairing, Markkanen is a better fit. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 20 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Stein hoist competition, weiner dog races, Nisbet Park biergarten, lederhosen competition, German food and more. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 19 Sep. 2021 The team’s top defenseman was set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer, and his impending departure threatened to remove another key performer from the blue line that helped St. Louis hoist the Stanley Cup in 2019. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Sep. 2021 The 3-by-4 shaft — meant to smuggle drugs, people or weapons across the U.S.-Mexico border — had electricity, ventilation, a rail system with a cart, and an electric hoist. San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Aug. 2021 Bessette called English a friend of the tournament, and seeing longtime acquaintances like the 31-year-old Georgian hoist a trophy in Connecticut is as special as seeing a superstar like Dustin Johnson or Phil Mickelson do so. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, 28 June 2021

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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 21 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of hoist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to raise (something) especially by using ropes or machinery
: 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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