boost
Pronunciation Noun

boost (plural boosts)

  1. A push from behind, as to one who is endeavoring to climb.
  2. Something that helps, or adds power or effectiveness; assistance.
    The controversy gave a boost to the author's sales.
  3. (automotive engineering) A positive intake manifold pressure in cars with turbochargers or superchargers.
Translations Verb

boost (boosts, present participle boosting; past and past participle boosted)

  1. (transitive) To lift or push from behind (one who is endeavoring to climb); to push up.
  2. (transitive, by extension) To help or encourage (something) to increase or improve; to assist in overcoming obstacles.
    This campaign will boost your chances of winning the election.
  3. (slang, transitive) To steal.
    • 1978, Harold J. Vetter, ‎Ira J. Silverman, The Nature of Crime (page 296)
      It is not at all unusual or suspicious for a woman to spend a good deal of the day out shopping, and feminine clothing styles often make it relatively easy for a female shoplifter to conceal "boosted" merchandise on her person.
  4. (Canada, transitive) To jump-start a vehicle by using cables to connect the battery in a running vehicle to the battery in a vehicle that won't start.
    • 1980, Popular Mechanics (volume 154, number 4, page 152)
      It's easy to boost a dead battery, but this can be dangerous if it's done the wrong way.
    • 2004, "Doug Mitchell", how to connect for boost? (on newsgroup alt.autos.gm)
      If I want to use the charged Montana battery to boost my old Summit where do I connect the negative cable on the good battery of the Montana?
  5. (transitive, medicine) To give a booster shot to.
  6. (transitive, engineering) To amplify; to signal boost.
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