Meaning of boost

boost

Pronunciation: (bst), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to lift or raise by pushing from behind or below.
  2. to advance or aid by speaking well of; promote: She always boosts her hometown.
  3. to increase; raise: to boost prices; to boost the horsepower of the car by 20 percent.
  4. to steal, esp. to shoplift: Two typewriters were boosted from the office last night.
—v.i.
  1. to engage in stealing, esp. shoplifting.
—n.
  1. an upward shove or raise; lift.
  2. an increase; rise: There's been a tremendous boost in food prices.
  3. an act, remark, or the like, that helps one's progress, morale, efforts, etc.: His pep talk was the boost our team needed.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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