verb \ˈjəmp-ˈstärt\

Definition of jump–start

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to start (an engine or vehicle) by temporary connection to an external power source (such as another vehicle's battery)

  3. 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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JUMP–START Defined for English Language Learners


verb \ˈjəmp-ˈstärt\

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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