jump-start

verb
\ˈjəmp-ˈstärt \
jump-started; jump-starting; jump-starts

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)

2a : 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

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First Known Use of jump-start

1973, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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jump-start

verb

English Language Learners Definition of jump-start

: 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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