bootstrap - definition and synonyms

verb [intransitive/transitive] 

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present tense
present participlebootstrapping
past tensebootstrapped
past participlebootstrapped
  1. 1
    computing to use the output of one piece of software as input to another, so that the results of the first process help to improve the results of the next one, and so on
  2. 2
    business to build up a business from nothing, with very little money put in from outside

    He bootstrapped his way to extreme wealth, starting as a teenager in the UK.