- 1Help or encourage (something) to increase or improve: a range of measures to boost tourismMore example sentences
improve, raise, uplift, increase, augment, magnify, swell, amplify, enhance, encourage, heighten, help, promote, foster, nurture, arouse, stimulate, invigorate, revitalize, inspire, perk up; support, bolster, buttress, shore up• informal buck up, jack up, give a shot in the arm toincrease, expand, raise, elevate, escalate, augment, add to, improve, strengthen, amplify, enlarge, inflate, push up, promote, advance, develop, further, foster, stimulate; facilitate, help, assist, aid, support, back, shore up
- 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.
- 1.1Amplify (an electrical signal): the specially designed circuit boosts signal strengthMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2North American Push from below: Andy boosted him up high enough to reach the keysMore example sentences
- 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.
- 3North American • informal Steal (something): he’d had his wallet boosted in a barMore example sentences
- Our tablemate Bob, not on our tour, had his wallet boosted by a group including an amputee.
- I got extremely paranoid that some deft pickpocket had my number and it was only a matter of time before my wallet was boosted.
- I have noticed a rise in the arrests of individuals who are boosting wallets from purses in unattended shopping carts at grocery stores.
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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 economyMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1An increase or improvement: a boost in exportsMore example sentences
- 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.
early 19th century (originally US, in sense 2 of the verb): of unknown origin.