\ 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 Kyle and Amanda eventually make it to the puzzle too while Big T struggles to hoist herself up the rope to grab her key on the yacht. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 30 Sep. 2021 In fact, the Congressional Budget Office predicts that the recovery will hoist national income to $22.4 trillion this year. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 6 Oct. 2021 One of Bolsonaro’s sons, Eduardo Bolsonaro, also a Brazilian politician, went so far in his support for Trump as to hoist a Trump-Pence campaign sign shortly after the 2016 election, The Washington Post previously reported. Washington Post, 3 Oct. 2021 For the Heat, the hope should be that there is enough reliable 3-point shooting elsewhere on the roster that Jimmy won’t be as tempted to hoist. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 30 Sep. 2021 Firefighters used a massive apparatus known as Heavy Rescue 3 to hoist the vehicle and free the man, who was transported to a nearby trauma center, officials said. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2021 The Freestore had to change to smaller, mini-ducks a few years back, because 200,000 regular-sized ducks get pretty heavy to hoist above the Ohio River. Kathrine Nero, The Enquirer, 4 Sep. 2021 On Wednesday, protesters gathered in several parts of the eastern cities of Jalalabad, Khost and Asadabad to take down the Emirate’s white flag and to hoist the black-red-green banner of the Republic. Saeed Shah, WSJ, 18 Aug. 2021 Three volunteer members from the search team stayed with Higgins overnight until a Department of Public Safety helicopter and the Sheriff's Office arrived to hoist the body out of a ravine. Arizona Republic, 10 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Though in the recent years, members of the community have modified the flag with a chevron along the hoist that features black, brown, light blue, pink, and white to represent people of color and the transgender community. Phillip Zonkel, USA TODAY, 10 June 2021 In the 2000s, fans got to see players such as Sergio Garcia, Vjiay Singh and Adam Scott hoist the Nelson trophy. Scott Bell, Dallas News, 8 May 2021 In that space is a slot the car drives into with a hoist to lift it up. Brad Templeton, Forbes, 3 Mar. 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 28 Oct. 2021.

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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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