- jump start
- jump starts, jump starting, jump started1) VERB To jump start a vehicle which has a flat battery means to make the engine start by getting power from the battery of another vehicle, using special cables called jump leads.
[V n] He was huddled with John trying to jump start his car.N-COUNTJump start is also a noun.
I drove out to give him a jump start because his battery was dead.2) VERB To jump start a system or process that has stopped working or progressing means to do something that will make it start working quickly or effectively.
[V n] The EU is trying to jump start the peace process.N-COUNT: usu singularJump start is also a noun.
...attempts to give the industry a jump start.
English dictionary. 2008.