jump-start

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verb \ ˈjəmp-ˈstärt \

Definition of jump-start

transitive verb
1 :to start (an engine or vehicle) by temporary connection to an external power source (such as another vehicle's battery)
2 a :to start or restart (something) rapidly or forcefully
  • advertising can jump-start a political campaign
b :to impart fresh or renewed energy to (something) :energize
  • a plan to jump-start the stagnant economy

jump start

noun

First Known Use of jump-start

1973


JUMP-START Defined for English Language Learners

jump-start

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verb

Definition of jump-start for English Language Learners

  • : to start (a vehicle whose battery is not working) by connecting its battery to another source of power (such as the battery of another vehicle)

  • : to cause (something) to start quickly

  • : to give new energy to (something)



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