From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbootboot1 /buːt/ ●●● S2 W3 noun [countable] 1 SHOEDCCa type of shoe that covers your whole foot and the lower part of your leg → Wellington hiking boots a pair of boots → rubber boot2 TTC British English an enclosed space at the back of a car, used for carrying bags etc SYN trunk American English The new model has a bigger boot.3 → the boot4 → to boot5 → put the boot in6 → the boot is on the other foot7 American English a metal object that the police attach to one of the wheels of an illegally parked car so that it cannot be moved SYN wheel clamp British English8 → boots on the ground → be/get too big for your boots at big1(14), → lick somebody’s boots at lick1(7), → tough as old boots at tough1(2)COLLOCATIONStypes of bootsleather bootsHe bought some sturdy leather boots.wellington boots British English, rubber boots American English (=rubber boots that stop your feet and legs getting wet)The kids put on their rubber boots and went out in the rain.walking/hiking bootsIn the mountains you’ll need some strong walking boots.football/rugby/riding/ski bootsTake your muddy football boots off before you come inside.ankle boots (=only as high as your ankles)Ankle boots are fashionable again this autumn.long boots (=as high as your knees or thighs)I bought a pair of long leather boots.knee-high bootsShe looked fabulous in a mini-skirt and knee-high boots.phrasesa pair of bootsI really need a new pair of boots this winter.
Examples from the Corpusboot• Boxes of shoes and boots filled the corners of the room.• The unit badge a pigeon wearing flying boots!• a pair of hiking boots• Amelia, in boots, breeks, and leather jacket is smiling into the distance.• Skintight jeans tucked into a pair of brown leather boots and a terrific figure.• I swung my boots up on to the bed and stretched out full length.• When they first made their appearance in this country, crag rats sported nailed boots and tweed plus-fours.• But the re-organisation means the boot is now on the other foot as far as money is concerned.• Wes followed me and watched as I opened the boot and laid Duke gently on top of my black working coat.bootboot2 verb 1 TD (also boot up) [intransitive, transitive] to start the program that makes a computer ready to be used → load2 [transitive] informalKICK to kick someone or something hardboot something in/round/down etc The goalkeeper booted the ball upfield.3 [transitive] American EnglishTTCSCP to stop someone from moving their illegally parked vehicle by fixing a piece of equipment to one of the wheels SYN clamp British English → boot somebody ↔ out→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusboot• This can be accessed even if the machine won't boot.• Jaeger booted a 37-yard field goal for the winning points.• Suddenly this big heavy guy came up and booted me in the stomach.• Lord Halifax and the other grand residents got us booted out at last.• The lifters were tested three weeks ago and were booted out of the Olympics for taking Clenbuterol.• If the usher caught you throwing popcorn, you were booted out of the theater.• He booted the ball up to the other end of the playing field.• Loren Carpenter boots up the ancient video game of Pong on to the immense screen.From Longman Business Dictionarybootboot /buːt/ (also boot up) verbCOMPUTING1[intransitive] if a computer boots, it starts working and is ready to useThe machine takes a long time to boot up.2[transitive] to make a computer ready to be used by getting all the programs it needs into its memoryIt’s impossible to boot the system from the hard disk.→ See Verb tableOrigin boot1 1. (1300-1400) Old French bote2. (1300-1400) Old English bot “advantage, profit, use” boot2 1. (1900-2000) bootstrap “to boot up” ((1900-2000)), probably from bootstrap (noun); → BOOTSTRAPS2. (1800-1900) → BOOT1