Definition of "boost" []

  • To raise or lift by pushing up from behind or below. See Synonyms at lift. (verb-transitive)
  • To increase; raise: boost prices; efforts to boost participation in the program. (verb-transitive)
  • To assist in further development or progress: a bill intended to boost local charities. (verb-transitive)
  • To stir up enthusiasm for; promote vigorously: boosted their school with rallies and fund drives. (verb-transitive)
  • Electricity To increase the voltage of (a circuit). (verb-transitive)
  • Encouragement, improvement, or help (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • An upward thrust or push (noun)
  • An increase or rise (noun)
  • A publicity campaign; promotion (noun)
  • The amount by which the induction pressure of a supercharged internal-combustion engine exceeds that of the ambient pressure (noun)
  • To encourage, assist, or improve (verb)
  • To lift by giving a push from below or behind (verb)
  • To increase or raise (verb)
  • To cause to rise; increase (verb)
  • To advertise on a big scale (verb)
  • To increase the induction pressure of (an internal-combustion engine) above that of the ambient pressure; supercharge (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "boost" in a sentence
  • "A title boost can be a nice carrot for senior associates who might otherwise be disappointed with their year-end pay."
  • "Governments can give a short term boost to growth by increasing borrowing but there is a longer term cost, just as we are all today paying for the mistakes by Brown and Balls after 2003."
  • "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."