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startup

or start-up

[stahrt-uhp] /ˈstɑrtˌʌp/
noun
1.
the act or fact of starting something; a setting in motion.
2.
a new business venture, or a new commercial or industrial project:
a small, 5-month-old Internet startup.
adjective
3.
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
1550-1560
First recorded in 1550-60; noun use of verb phrase start up
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  • She figures to start up a full choir, and sing the solos herself.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • When these are planted all sorts of potatoes are liable to start up.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • But what is there in being a prisoner to start up such a row?

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • If you want a town to go plumb to hell just you start up a bank.

    Prairie Flowers

    James B. Hendryx
  • 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
  • He tried to start up, but that thing across his throat held him helpless.

    Frank Merriwell's Pursuit Burt L. Standish
  • At this point both groups of our opponents will start up against us.

    The New Society Walther Rathenau
British Dictionary definitions for start up

start up

verb (adverb)
1.
to come or cause to come into being for the first time; originate
2.
(intransitive) to spring or jump suddenly from a position or place
3.
to set in or go into motion, activity, etc: he started up the engine, the orchestra started up
adjective
4.
of or relating to input, usually financial, made to establish a new project or business: a start-up mortgage
noun
5.
a business enterprise that has been launched recently
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Idioms and Phrases with start up

start up

1.
Begin to operate, especially a machine or engine, as in Start up the motor so we can get going. [ First half of 1900s ]
2.
Move suddenly or begin an activity, as in When the alarm rang I started up. [ Early 1200s ]
3.
Organize a new enterprise, as in Starting up a business requires considerable capital. [ Second half of 1900s ]
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