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[ boot ]
/ but /
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noun
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Computers. to start a computer or program, or be started in this way (often followed by up): My laptop won't boot and shows a blank screen.
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Origin of boot

1
First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English bote, boote, from Anglo-French, Old French bote; of uncertain origin

Other definitions for boot (2 of 3)

boot2
[ boot ]
/ but /

noun
Archaic. something given into the bargain.
Obsolete.
  1. advantage.
  2. remedy; relief; help.
verb (used with or without object)
Archaic. to be of profit, advantage, or avail (to): It boots thee not to complain.

Origin of boot

2
First recorded before 1000; Middle English bote, Old English bōt “advantage”; cognate with Dutch boete, German Busse, Old Norse bōt, Gothic bota;see bet1, better1

Other definitions for boot (3 of 3)

boot3
[ boot ]
/ but /

noun Archaic.
booty; spoil; plunder.

Origin of boot

3
First recorded in 1585–95; special use of boot2 by association with booty1
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British Dictionary definitions for boot (1 of 2)

boot1
/ (buːt) /

noun
verb
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Word Origin for boot

C14 bote, from Old French, of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for boot (2 of 2)

boot2
/ (buːt) /

verb (usually impersonal)
archaic to be of advantage or use to (a person)what boots it to complain?
noun
obsolete an advantage
dialect something given in addition, esp to equalize an exchangea ten pound boot to settle the bargain
to boot as well; in additionit's cold and musty, and damp to boot

Word Origin for boot

Old English bōt compensation; related to Old Norse bōt remedy, Gothic bōta, Old High German buoza improvement
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