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hoist

To hoist is to raise up or lift, like a crane or forklift would. You can hoist yourself up onto the roof to get a better view, or hoist your teammate onto your shoulders after she scores the winning goal.

This word is generally used to describe heavier lifting, like the hoisting of a fallen tree onto the bed of a truck or hoisting the Super Bowl trophy over your head after the big game. In nautical terms, where it comes up often, hoist refers to a group of flags that are raised all at once to communicate a signal.

Definitions of hoist
  1. verb
    raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help
    hoist the bicycle onto the roof of the car”
    synonyms: lift, wind
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    types:
    trice, trice up
    hoist up or in and lash or secure with a small rope
    type of:
    bring up, elevate, get up, lift, raise
    raise from a lower to a higher position
  2. verb
    raise
    hoist the flags”
    hoist a sail”
    synonyms: run up
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    type of:
    bring up, elevate, get up, lift, raise
    raise from a lower to a higher position
  3. verb
    move from one place to another by lifting
    “They hoisted the patient onto the operating table”
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    type of:
    bring up, elevate, get up, lift, raise
    raise from a lower to a higher position
  4. noun
    lifting device for raising heavy or cumbersome objects
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    types:
    block and tackle
    pulley blocks with associated rope or cable
    headgear
    the hoist at the pithead of a mine
    wheel and axle
    hoist so arranged that a rope unwinding from a wheel is wound onto a cylindrical drum or shaft coaxial with the wheel
    type of:
    lifting device
    a device for lifting heavy loads
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