UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈbuːtˌstræp/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈbutˌstræp/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(bo̅o̅tstrap′)

Inflections of 'bootstrap' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
boot•strap /ˈbutˌstræp/USA pronunciation   n., adj., v.,  -strapped, -strap•ping. 
n. [countable]
  1. Clothinga loop sewn at the top or on each side of a boot to make it easier to pull the boot on.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. relying on one's own efforts:mounted a bootstrap operation running for office.

v. [+ object]
  1. ComputingComputers. boot1 (def. 12).
  1. Idiomspull oneself up by one's (own) bootstraps, to become a success through one's own efforts:The congressman claimed that he had pulled himself up by his own bootstraps.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
boot•strap  (bo̅o̅tstrap′),USA pronunciation n., adj., v.,  -strapped, -strap•ping. 
  1. Clothinga loop of leather or cloth sewn at the top rear, or sometimes on each side, of a boot to facilitate pulling it on.
  2. a means of advancing oneself or accomplishing something:He used his business experience as a bootstrap to win voters.
  3. Idiomspull oneself up by one's bootstraps, to help oneself without the aid of others;
    use one's resources:I admire him for pulling himself up by his own bootstraps.

  1. relying entirely on one's efforts and resources:The business was a bootstrap operation for the first ten years.
  2. self-generating or self-sustaining:a bootstrap process.

  1. Computingboot1 (def. 26).
  2. to help (oneself ) without the aid of others:She spent years bootstrapping herself through college.
  • boot1 + strap 1890–95

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
bootstrap /ˈbuːtˌstræp/ n
  1. a leather or fabric loop on the back or side of a boot for pulling it on
  2. by one's bootstraps, by one's own bootstrapsby one's own efforts; unaided

  3. Also: boot a technique for loading the first few program instructions into a computer main store to enable the rest of the program to be introduced from an input device
  4. (as modifier): a bootstrap loader
  5. an offer to purchase a controlling interest in a company, esp with the intention of purchasing the remainder of the equity at a lower price
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