boomboom1 /buːm/ ●○○ noun1increase in business [singular]BPE a quick increase of business activity opp slumpThe boom has created job opportunities.boom ina sudden boom in the housing marketconsumer/investment/property etc boomthe post-war property boomboom years/timesIn boom times, airlines do well.the economic boom of the 1950sThe economy went from boom to bust (=from increasing to decreasing) very quickly. →boom town2when something is popular [singular]POPULARLOT/LARGE NUMBER OR AMOUNT an increase in how popular or successful something is, or in how often it happensthe disco boom of the 1970sboom inthe boom in youth soccer in the U.S. →baby boom3sound [countable]CPMW a deeploud sound that you can hear for several seconds after it begins, especially the sound of an explosion or a large gun →sonic boom► see thesaurus at sound4boat [countable]TTW a long pole on a boat that is attached to the bottom of a sail, and that you move to change the position of the sail5long pole [countable]a)TBTIa long pole used as part of a piece of equipment that loads and unloads thingsb)TCPTCBa long pole that has a camera or microphone on the end6on a river/harbour [countable]TTWTBC something that is stretched across a river or a bay to prevent things floating down or across itCOLLOCATIONSADJECTIVES/NOUN + boom an economic boomthe post-war economic booma property/housing boom (=a sudden increase in house prices)People made a lot of money in the 1980s property boom.a consumer/spending boom (=a sudden increase in the amount people spend)Various factors caused the consumer boom.a building/construction boom (=a sudden increase in building work)There’s been a recent construction boom in the Gulf.an investment boomthe investment boom of the past few yearsverbscause/lead to a boomTax cuts sometimes lead to an economic boom.trigger/spark a boom (=start it)The lower interest rates triggered an economic boom.fuel a boom (=add to it)The energy crisis is fuelling a boom in alternative energy.enjoy a boomSince then, China has enjoyed a remarkable boom.boom + NOUNthe boom years/timesthe boom years of the late 1980sphrasesgo from boom to bust (=change from doing very well economically to doing very badly)The Mexican economy went from boom to bust very quickly.at the height of the boomThey sold their house at the height of the boom.
boomboom2 ●○○ verb1[intransitive usually in progressive]SUCCESSFUL if business, trade, or a particular area is booming, it is increasing and being very successfulBusiness was booming, and money wasn’t a problem.Tourism on the island has boomed.2CSAY (also boom out) [transitive] to say something in a loud deep voice‘Ladies and gentlemen, ’ his voice boomed out.3C (also boom out) [intransitive] to make a loud deep soundGuns boomed in the distance. —booming adjectivea booming economy→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
boom• Cellnet has 800,000 subscribers, and business is booming.• Coastaldevelopment and tourism are booming.• Lowermarginalrates would also improve work incentives and shrink the black economy, which is said to be booming.• Tourism boomed here in the late 1990s.• Every time Peter said a word, his father would boom him.• I boomed one drive 265 yards.• A crash of thunderboomed so loudly that the floorshook.• We're happy to report that business is booming this year.Business ... booming• It has 600,000 mobile phone subscribers and business is booming.• People migrated into the villages and towns of the coalfield where business was booming.• When their businesses were booming, they could afford to pose as tough-talking entrepreneurskeen to take on the telephone companies.• Its pagingbusiness was booming, and annualoperatingprofits broke the $ 1 billion mark.• Business is booming for an Avis franchisee in the Carolinas despite well-publicized allegations of racialdiscrimination against customers.• Schillingfought it, but since business was booming, he was shouted down.• Business is also booming in the Far East, though Hong Kong suffered from higher costs and increased importduties.• Or else because business was booming, the money was there, and the experiments might just possibly pay off some day.From Longman Business Dictionaryboomboom1 /buːm/ noun [countable, uncountable]1ECONOMICS a time when business activity increases rapidly, so that the demand for goods increases, prices and wages go up, and unemployment fallsa boom in the building sectorAfter four years of economic boom, this year saw a slowing down of the economy.Government economic policy encouraged a consumer boom followed by a deep recession.A system of low taxation on land sales helped fuel a property boom. → compareslump2FINANCE a time when activity on the stockmarket reaches a high level and share prices are very highHopes of further interest rate cuts sparked off a shares boom yesterday.boomboom2 verb [intransitive]ECONOMICSif business, trade, or the economy is booming, it is very successful and growingSince the 1980s tourism has boomed here.The company has 600,000 mobile phone subscribers and business is booming.→ See Verb table