American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To raise or lift by pushing up from behind or below. See Synonyms at lift.
- v. To increase; raise: boost prices; efforts to boost participation in the program.
- v. To assist in further development or progress: a bill intended to boost local charities.
- v. To stir up enthusiasm for; promote vigorously: boosted their school with rallies and fund drives.
- v. Electricity To increase the voltage of (a circuit).
- v. Slang To steal or rob, especially by shoplifting or pickpocketing.
- v. Slang To engage in stealing, especially shoplifting or pickpocketing.
- n. A push upward or ahead.
- n. An encouraging act or comment.
- n. An increase: a big boost in salary.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lift or raise by pushing from behind, as a person climbing a tree; push up: often used figuratively: as, to boost a person over a fence, or into power.
- n. An upward shove or push; the act of boosting; the result of boosting; a lift, either literally or figuratively: as, to give one a boost.
- n. A Middle English form of boast.
- n. Same as boist.
- Same as buist.
- n. A push from behind, as to one who is endeavoring to climb; help.
- n. automotive engineering A positive intake manifold pressure in cars with turbochargers or superchargers.
- v. To lift or push from behind (one who is endeavoring to climb); to push up; hence, to assist in overcoming obstacles, or in making advancement.
- v. slang To steal.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. Colloq. U. S. To lift or push from behind (one who is endeavoring to climb); to push up; hence, to assist in overcoming obstacles, or in making advancement.
- n. Colloq. U. S. A push from behind, as to one who is endeavoring to climb; help.
- v. increase or raise
- v. increase.
- v. give a boost to; be beneficial to
- v. contribute to the progress or growth of
- v. push or shove upward, as if from below or behind
- n. the act of giving hope or support to someone
- n. the act of giving a push
- n. an increase in cost
- Origin unknown. The verb is first recorded 1815; the noun, 1825. (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps from dialectal boostering, bustling, active. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“The retail industry may have been saved in the nick of time from a disastrous Christmas, and can now be more confident Santa is coming to town and trade will be enjoying at least a short term boost over the festive season.”
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“MUMBAI (AFP) - Indian energy giant Reliance Industries said Thursday it had begun producing gas from the deep-sea Krishna Godavari Basin off India's east coast in what it called a boost for national energy security.”
“This week's Lady Gaga promotion probably gave Amazon a short-term boost, people in the music industry said.”
“Economists warned that the recent pick up in hiring in Spain was largely the result of a short-term boost from the country's large tourism industry ahead of the summer months.”
“New Delhi's focus in the coming months is on vote-winning social-welfare schemes and handouts that provide a short-term boost to consumption, but at the expense of fueling inflation and straining the budget deficit, already forecast to exceed the target of 4.6% of GDP.”
“Home-buyer tax credits worth up to $8,000 in 2009 and 2010 gave a short-term boost to home sales, but demand plunged after they expired.”
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