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spring·​board ˈspriŋ-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce springboard (audio)
plural springboards
: a flexible board usually secured at one end and used for gymnastic stunts or diving
: something that helps launch an activity, enterprise, etc.
… hopes motherhood will be the springboard that relaunches her stagnant acting career.Roy S. Johnson
… Ueberroth is denying claims that he will use the Games as a springboard to high political office.Ray Kennedy


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springboarded; springboarding; springboards
intransitive : to launch upward from or as if from a springboard
… cloud-scraping 60-meter punts pulling a half-dozen bodies skyward, each trying to springboard off the small of the other's back …Gary Smith
transitive + intransitive : to start or help start something (such as an activity or enterprise)
The company has spent heavily to establish a brand name and reputation from scratch, with no brick-and-mortar stores to springboard its efforts.Chris O'Malley
Fortunately I got the approval, and that springboarded the work.Andrew Grant

Examples of springboard in a Sentence

Noun The news served as a springboard for a class discussion.
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The shift opens up the Sunday-evening perch, which can serve as a springboard to more visible duties. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 18 Feb. 2024 And the attorney general’s job has always been a good springboard for higher office. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2023 For all the collective brainpower on hand for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference, there were no concrete answers to a pivotal question: Will AI turn be the springboard that catapults humanity to new heights, or the dystopian nightmare that culminates in its demise? Michael Liedtke, Fortune, 17 Nov. 2023 The post can be a springboard to national prominence. David W. Chen Jon Cherry, New York Times, 1 Nov. 2023 The 28-year-old is aiming to use that late-season bounce back as a springboard for 2024. Lamond Pope, Chicago Tribune, 29 Jan. 2024 DatPiff may well yet become the same kind of springboard for a new generation of acts. Andre Gee, Rolling Stone, 8 Jan. 2024 Suffice to say Bochy used the springboard of a certain Central American U.S. Army deployment to a rarefied place in baseball. Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 30 Oct. 2023 The successful deployment of mRNA vaccines during the pandemic proved the concept of the technology, and became a springboard for encouraging its use to prevent or treat other ailments. Yasemin Saplakoglu, Quanta Magazine, 2 Oct. 2023
Pearce hopes the show will help springboard him into other roles and opportunities. Liz Rothaus Bertrand, Charlotte Observer, 7 Feb. 2024 Many entities were able to springboard off the change in lifestyle to its consumers that the pandemic brought to the table. Josh Wilson, Forbes, 16 July 2022 Both are looking to springboard into the next stage of their careers behind the camera, Diggs as producer helping artist friends get projects off the ground and Casal with an eye to direct his first feature. Jen Yamato, Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2021 Good chance what was arguably the worst game of QB Tom Brady's career (four turnovers Sunday) will springboard TB12 to the first losing season of his 23-year career ... Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 20 Dec. 2022 Given that everyone from Principal Henderson (Keith David) to the local cops and reporters covering the spiraling case has felt the sting of Mrs. Wheeler’s tongue, the allegations springboard swiftly from the high school rumor mill to explosive murder scandal. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Mar. 2022 The brisker the spread, the more chances a variant with enhanced capabilities has to springboard into broader circulation. Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, 17 Aug. 2021 McDonald's didn't say if the chicken Big Mac will be available nationwide but hinted the test run in Florida could springboard it to a menu near you. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 22 Aug. 2022 That goal helped springboard the Atlantic Division to a 7-5 victory in the final game of the night. Colby Guy, USA TODAY, 4 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


circa 1780, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of springboard was circa 1780

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“Springboard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/springboard. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


spring·​board ˈspriŋ-ˌbō(ə)rd How to pronounce springboard (audio)
: a flexible board usually fastened at one end and used for jumping high in gymnastics or diving
: a point of departure
a springboard to success in business

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