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or start-up

[stahrt-uhp] /ˈstɑrtˌʌp/
the act or fact of starting something; a setting in motion.
a new business venture, or a new commercial or industrial project:
a small, 5-month-old Internet startup.
of or relating to the beginning of such a venture or project, especially to an investment made to initiate it:
high start-up costs for construction of a new facility.
Origin of startup
First recorded in 1550-60; noun use of verb phrase start up Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We saw you go down to Hermanos yesterday and start up the trail this morning.

    The Trail of The Badger Sidford F. Hamp
  • In a few moments the latter was seen to start up with a gesture of alarm.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • There start up ever and anon valuable hints that germinate and bear fruit in the mind.

  • But what is there in being a prisoner to start up such a row?

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • Suddenly a knock at her door makes her start up in a vague, confused horror.

    Red as a Rose is She Rhoda Broughton
  • She'll hear it and she'll start up too; and that way they'll keep signaling to each other.

    The Wrong Woman Charles D. Stewart
  • Will it be safe to start up the engine while were so close by?

British Dictionary definitions for start up

start up

verb (adverb)
to come or cause to come into being for the first time; originate
(intransitive) to spring or jump suddenly from a position or place
to set in or go into motion, activity, etc: he started up the engine, the orchestra started up
of or relating to input, usually financial, made to establish a new project or business: a start-up mortgage
a business enterprise that has been launched recently
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Idioms and Phrases with start up

start up

Begin to operate, especially a machine or engine, as in Start up the motor so we can get going. [ First half of 1900s ]
Move suddenly or begin an activity, as in When the alarm rang I started up. [ Early 1200s ]
Organize a new enterprise, as in Starting up a business requires considerable capital. [ Second half of 1900s ]
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