WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
boost /bust/USA pronunciation
v. [~ + object]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
- to lift by pushing from below:I boosted the youngster into the top of her bunk bed.
- to help (someone) by speaking well of:boosted his friend as likely to win the election.
- to increase; raise:to boost prices.
- an upward shove or raise;
lift:gave him a little boost into his highchair.
- an increase; rise: a boost in prices.
- an act or remark that helps one's morale, efforts, etc.:After praise from the coach, the whole team felt a boost in morale.
- to lift or raise by pushing from behind or below.
- to advance or aid by speaking well of;
promote:She always boosts her hometown.
- to increase; raise:to boost prices;
to boost the horsepower of the car by 20 percent.
- Slang Terms[Slang.]to steal, esp. to shoplift:Two typewriters were boosted from the office last night.
- Slang Terms[Slang.]to engage in stealing, esp. shoplifting.
- an upward shove or raise; lift.
- an increase;
rise:There's been a tremendous boost in food prices.
- an act, remark, or the like, that helps one's progress, morale, efforts, etc.:His pep talk was the boost our team needed.
7 . hike, growth, upsurge, upswing, uptick.
- perh. Scots dialect, dialectal boose (variant of pouss push) + (hoi)st 1805–15, American.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
boost /buːst/ n
- encouragement, improvement, or help: a boost to morale
- an upward thrust or push
- an increase or rise
- the amount by which the induction pressure of a supercharged internal-combustion engine exceeds that of the ambient pressure
Etymology: 19th Century: of unknown origin
- to encourage, assist, or improve: to boost morale
- to lift by giving a push from below or behind
- to increase or raise: to boost the voltage in an electrical circuit
- to cause to rise; increase: to boost sales
- to advertise on a big scale
- to increase the induction pressure of (an internal-combustion engine) above that of the ambient pressure; supercharge
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