\ ˈjəmp-ˈstärt How to pronounce jump-start (audio) \
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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The first known use of jump-start was in 1973

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“Jump-start.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jump-start. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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