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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)

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.

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."