1. verb Literally, to use jumper cables to provide an electrical charge from the engine of one motor vehicle to help start the engine of another. This is the third time this month that I've had to jump-start my car. I guess I'd better go get the battery replaced after all.
2. noun An act or instance of starting a motor vehicle in such a manner. Hey, my battery died overnight. Can you give me a jump-start?
3. verb By extension, to do something very beneficial or advantageous in order to start, reinvigorate, or reactivate some activity, process, or situation. Politicians are hoping that the new stimulus package will help jump-start the economy. He promised to jump-start my career, but he took my money and disappeared.
4. noun An action or event that serves to start, reinvigorate, or reactivate some activity, process, or situation. We're going to start rolling out a number of employee incentives and rewards to give our productivity a bit of a jump start. We want to use the cash as a jump-start for a new development plan.
5. verb By extension, to energize, motivate, or reinvigorate someone. Sorry, I'm always a bit groggy in the morning. I just need a cup of coffee to help jump-start me. The DJ played a song he knew would jump-start the crowd.
tv. to get someone going or functioning. I need to jump-start Bill early in the morning to get him going in time to get on the road by a decent hour.
See also: someone