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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the starting, by means of booster cables, of an internal-combustion engine that has a discharged or weak battery.

    Category: Automotive

  2. (v.t.)to give a jump-start to:

    to jump-start the car's engine.

    Category: Automotive

  3. to enliven or revive:

    to jump-start a sluggish economy.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. jumpstart, jump-start(verb)

    starting an automobile engine that has a weak battery by means of jumper cables to another car

    "my battery was dead so I had to get a jumpstart from my neighbor"

  2. jumpstart, jump-start, jump(verb)

    start (a car engine whose battery is dead) by connecting it to another car's battery

  3. jumpstart, jump-start(verb)

    start or re-start vigorously

    "The Secretary of State intends to jumpstart the Middle East Peace Process"


  1. jump-start(Noun)

    The process or result of jump-starting a motor vehicle.

    I left my headlights on all night. Could you give me a jump-start?

  2. jump-start(Verb)

    To start a motor vehicle by passing an electrical current from a charged battery to the discharged battery of the vehicle being started, by means of a booster cable connecting the two batteries.

  3. jump-start(Verb)

    To reactivate or rejuvenate.

    Giving a really good speech at the convention could jump-start her political career.


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