Pronunciation: (bOOst),[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. Slang.to steal, esp. to shoplift: Two typewriters were boosted from the office last night.
—v.i. Slang.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.