AskDefine | Define boost

Dictionary Definition



1 the act of giving hope or support to someone [syn: encouragement]
2 an increase in cost; "they asked for a 10% rise in rates" [syn: rise, hike, cost increase]
3 the act of giving an upward push; "he gave her a boost over the fence"


1 increase; "The landlord hiked up the rents" [syn: hike, hike up]
2 give a boost to; be beneficial to; "The tax cut will boost the economy"
3 contribute to the progress or growth of; "I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom" [syn: promote, advance, further, encourage]
4 increase or raise; "boost the voltage in an electrical circuit" [syn: advance, supercharge]
5 push or shove upward, as if from below or behind; "The singer had to be boosted onto the stage by a special contraption"

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A push from behind, as to one who is endeavoring to climb; help.


push from behind
Derived terms


  1. 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.
  2. To steal


To lift or push from behind
To steal

Extensive Definition

Boost can refer to:

Science, technology and mathematics

Computer science and engineering

Food and drink


  • Boost Mobile, a division of Nextel Communications and Telecom New Zealand
  • To boost, a slang term referring to theft
  • To boost, to strengthen, elevate, or promote something; see booster
  • Boost it, a slang term which means, quickly go somewhere
  • Boost (comics), a Marvel Comics character
boost in French: Boost
boost in Chinese: Boost

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