What does jump-start mean?

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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(v. t.)

    To start (the engine of a motor vehicle) using a temporary connection to supply electrical power from another vehicle or another source of current; -- an emergency procedure used when a vehicle's own battery has insufficient power to start the vehicle normally. Cables used to transmit electrical current from one vehicle to another for the purpose of jump-starting are called jumper cables.

  2. Jump-start(n.)

    The action or event of jump-starting. For motor vehicles, the jump-starting of an engine is also called a jump.


  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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of jump-start in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of jump-start in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Pope Francis:

    There is something that is not working in that bulky union, but let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water, let’s try to jump-start things, to re-create.

  2. Mario Gabelli:

    Philippe has to deliver, how does he jump-start the process? It's going to be tough to get into the digital world and over-the-top (Internet), given his perception of what his core competences are. It's going to be a challenge.

  3. Helen Fisher:

    A lot of young people now don’t want to spend time going out with somebody unless they get to know them physically first, you can learn a lot about people between the sheets. Are they kind? Can they listen? Do they have a sense of humor? Millennials are using sex as an interview tool and even a courtship tool to jump-start a relationship.

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