Definition of Jump-Start: Meaning, Example Sentences, Synonyms, Antonyms, and Story Dialogues

English Vocabulary Lesson


What is the definition of jump-start? What are some examples of how to use it in a sentence? What are its synonyms and antonyms?
Get your answers and read 3 dialogue stories to help you understand the meaning of jump-start. At the end of this lesson, you can test your understanding using a short quiz.

Definition of Jump-Start

To jump-start means starting something quickly or starting something that is not working.
For example, if your car won't start, you may need to jump-start your car by connecting the battery to another car's battery. This will give your car the power it needs to start.
jump start a car

You can also jump-start a project or goal by taking quick and strong action. This will help you get the project moving or help you achieve your goal faster.
jump-start a project or goal
It can be used as a verb or noun.


Using Jump-Start in a Sentence

Here are some examples of how to use jump-start in a sentence:

- "I need to jump-start my car because the battery is dead."
(The vehicle's battery is the part that provides power to the engine.)
- "The company is trying to jump-start sales with a new ad campaign."
- "We need to jump-start the project with some new ideas."
- "He is trying to jump-start his weight loss with a new diet."
- "Without a jump-start from an investor, the project will fail."

jump-start the project


What Is a Jump-Start in a Vehicle?

When you jump-start a car, you connect the battery to another battery (usually of another car) with special cables (called "jumper cables") to provide power to the engine. This is usually done when the battery is dead (empty) and is no longer able to provide power to start the car.
Jump-Start in a Vehicle


Jump-Start Meaning in Business

When you jump-start a business project, you do something extra to get it moving quickly or to make it more successful.
For example, a company may jump-start a new product by investing more money in advertising than usual, or hiring a social media influencer to promote the product.
Jump-Start Meaning in Business


Jump-Start Your Career Meaning

To jump-start your career means to start it quickly or make it more successful. For example, you may jump-start your career by getting a job at a prestigious company, or going to a good school.
 Jump-Start Your Career Meaning


Synonyms of Jump-Start

synonyms

What is another word for jump-start?

The following are synonyms (similar words) for jump-start:

- activate (to start)

- boost (improve or increase)

- accelerate (to increase speed)

- catalyze (to start or increase speed)

- charge (give energy)

- electrify (give energy)

- energize (give energy)

- ignite (to start)

- launch (to start)

- power up (to start or run)

- recharge (to give energy)

- rev (to increase speed)

- spark (to start)

- trigger (to start)

Antonyms of Jump-Start

antonyms

What Is the Opposite of Jump-Start?

The following are antonyms (opposite words) for jump-start:

- delay (to make late or slow)

- decelerate (to decrease speed)

- depress (to make lower or weaker)

- decrease (to make smaller)

- inactivate (to stop)

- inhibit (to prevent or make slower)

- slow down (to make slower)

- discourage (to make less likely to happen)

- halt (to stop)

- inactivate (to stop)

- inhibit (to prevent or make slower)


Dialogue Story to Illustrate the Meaning of Jump-Start (Number 1)

Clive: Hey, can you give me a jump-start? My car won't start and I'm already late for my meeting.

Brian: Sure. no problem. Let me just get my jumper cables.

Clive: Thanks, man. I really appreciate it.

Brian: No problem. We all need a jump-start once in a while.

Clive: Yeah, I just hope this jump-start is enough to get me to my meeting on time!
meeting


Dialogue Story to Illustrate the Meaning of Jump-Start (Number 2)

Rachel: I really want to jump-start my career. I feel like I'm stuck and bored.

Mike: Yeah, I hear you. I was in the same place a few years ago.

Rachel: What did you do?

Mike: Well, I started by taking some online courses to learn new skills. Then I applied for a job at a better company. And finally, I networked with people in my industry.

Rachel: That sounds like a lot of work. Which of these methods was the most successful at jump-starting your career?

Mike: I think it was a combination of all of them. But if I had to choose one, I would say networking was the most helpful.

Rachel: I see. Well, I'm going to start by taking some online courses. Thanks for the advice!
online courses


Dialogue Story to Illustrate the Meaning of Jump-Start (Number 3)

Linda: I'm trying to jump-start my weight loss with a new diet.

John: What's the new diet?

Linda: I'm eating only pineapples for a week.

John: Pineapples? That's it?

Linda: Yeah, I'm starting with a week of pineapples, and then I'm going to add other fruits and vegetables back in.

John: I don't know if that's going to jump-start your weight loss. It might jump-start some other things, though...

Linda: Ha, thanks for the vote of confidence. I'm going to stick with it and see what happens. Wish me luck!
pineapples


Test Your Understanding:
Using the Idiom "Jump-Start" Correctly

The following pairs of sentences contain one correct and one incorrect usage of "jump-start." Can you spot the sentence with the error?

1) Which sentence is incorrect?
A. The government is trying to jump-start exporting by lower export taxes.
(The government is lowering export taxes to encourage exports.)
B. The government is trying to jump-start exporting by raising export taxes.
(The government is raising export taxes to encourage exports.)

2) Which sentence is incorrect?
A. I had to jump-start the car to get it started.
(I had to use jumper cables to get the car started.)
B. I had to jump-start the car to get it stopped.
(I had to use jumper cables to stop the car.)

3) Which sentence is incorrect?
A. The failing song jump-started the album.
(The failing song helped the album become a success.)
B. The new hit song jump-started the album.
(The new hit song helped the album become a success.)
jump-started the album


Answers

1) B, because jump-starting exports would more likely be done by lowering, not raising, taxes.

2) B, because jump-starting a car is done to help it start, not stop.

3) A, because jump-starting an album would more likely be done by a new hit song, not a failing song.