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English definition of “jump-start”

jump-start

verb [T] uk   /ˈdʒʌmp.stɑːt/ us    /-stɑːrt/

jump-start verb [T] (CAR)

to start a car engine by pushing the car or by using jump leads.
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Driving and operating road vehicles

jump-start verb [T] (SITUATION)

to improve a situation by taking a particular action: Companies want lower interest rates to jump-start the nation's weak economy.Dealing with things or peopleActing and actsCoping and not copingTolerating and enduring
jump-start
noun [C usually singular] uk   us  
Driving and operating road vehicles
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