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jump-start (third-person singular simple present jump-starts, present participle jump-starting, simple past and past participle jump-started)

  1. (transitive) To start a motor vehicle by passing an electrical current from a charged battery to the discharged ("dead" or "flat") battery of the vehicle being started, by using booster cables to temporarily connect the two batteries in parallel.
    Synonym: boost
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To reactivate or rejuvenate.
    Synonyms: boost, reactivate, kick start
    Giving a really good speech at the convention could jump-start her political career.


jump-start (plural jump-starts)

  1. The process or result of jump-starting a motor vehicle.
    I left my headlights on all night. Could you give me a jump-start?

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