Definition of boost in English:

boost

Syllabification: boost
Pronunciation: /bo͞ost
 
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verb

[with object]
1Help or encourage (something) to increase or improve: a range of measures to boost tourism
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  • These will primarily be aimed at the old, young families and savers - but there will also be some measures to boost productivity and encourage entrepreneurship.
  • Political freedom, during the 1950s and 1960s, was about increased production, boosting agriculture and stimulating industry.
  • Instead he preferred state-sponsored measures that would boost trade and thereby encourage employers to employ.
Synonyms
improve, raise, uplift, increase, enhance, encourage, heighten, help, promote, foster, stimulate, invigorate, revitalize
informal buck up
increase, raise, escalate, improve, strengthen, inflate, push up, promote, advance, foster, stimulate, maximize; facilitate, help, assist, aid; jump-start
informal hike, bump up
1.1North American Push from below; assist: people they were trying to boost over a wall
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  • He then put the left feet and boosted himself from the wall towards Kashiro.
  • He pushed Hannah onto the ground then boosted himself out of the water.
1.2Amplify (an electrical signal).
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  • Therefore, one or more optical regenerators is spliced along the cable to boost the degraded light signals.
  • Still, this loss is tolerable, because the amplifier boosts the signal level enough to get it to the donor site.
  • As existing analogue transmitters are switched off region by region, the strength of the digital signal will be boosted.
1.3North American informal Steal, especially by shoplifting or pickpocketing.
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  • To ease his mother's financial burden, he would boost from department stores and pick pockets in Center City.
  • I have noticed a rise in the arrests of individuals who are boosting wallets from purses in unattended shopping carts at grocery stores.
  • I got extremely paranoid that some deft pickpocket had my number and it was only a matter of time before my wallet was boosted.

noun

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1A source of help or encouragement leading to increase or improvement: the cut in interest rates will give a further boost to the economy
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  • It will be a great boost for the local economy and hopefully kick-start a wider regeneration of the area.
  • Council officials believe the draw of over 2,000, mainly young adults into the area will provide a major boost for the local economy.
  • The news is also a timely boost for the local economy.
Synonyms
uplift, lift, spur, encouragement, help, inspiration, stimulus, pick-me-up
informal shot in the arm
1.1An increase or improvement: a boost in exports
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  • In Western Australia a team of researchers has discovered that sheep will get an increased boost of vitamin E if they're grazed on saltbush.
  • A strong continental trade for good weanlings has seen a sharp rise in live exports and a boost in return to producers of quality stock.
  • With the property boom, furniture is experiencing a parallel boost, with increased demand for antique and contemporary pieces.
Synonyms
1.2North American A push from below.
More example sentences
  • This time, Ian gave me a boost up, and I was climbing.
  • She gave me a boost up so I could crawl into it, being the smallest one of us.
  • You gave me a boost over the high fences.

Origin

early 19th century (originally in the sense 'push from below'): of unknown origin.

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