October 09, 2013
- hoist (verb)
- What does it mean?
- : to raise or become raised into position especially by mechanical means
- How do you use it?
- The pirate captain ordered his crew to hoist the skull and crossbones flag, the Jolly Roger, before they attacked the merchant ship.
- Are you a word wiz?
Which one of these words do you think is a synonym of "hoist"?You can confidently raise A above the others. "Hoist" implies lifting something heavy, especially by mechanical means (as in "hoisting cargo onto a ship"), while "elevate" suggests exalting or improving something (as in "trying to elevate the taste of the public"). "Heave," another synonym, implies lifting and throwing with great effort or strain (as in "heave a heavy crate inside"), and "boost" suggests helping someone or something to climb or advance by a push (as in "boosting his brother over the fence").