"boost" in the noun sense
1. boost, encouragement
the act of giving hope or support to someone
2. rise, boost, hike, cost increase
an increase in cost
"they asked for a 10% rise in rates"
the act of giving a push
"he gave her a boost over the fence"
"boost" in the verb sense
1. hike, hike up, boost
"The landlord hiked up the rents"
give a boost to be beneficial to
"The tax cut will boost the economy"
3. promote, advance, boost, further, encourage
contribute to the progress or growth of
"I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom"
4. boost, advance, supercharge
increase or raise
"boost the voltage in an electrical circuit"
push or shove upward, as if from below or behind
"The singer had to be boosted onto the stage by a special contraption"
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