- 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
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Examples from the Web for start-up
Kickstarter is one start-up platform that seems to have realized the danger.Design Your Own Dinosaur: The Era of Custom DNA
January 8, 2015
In other words: cut out the fat, remove middle managers, focus on what makes the business run, and be more like a start-up.Bill Gates’ Internet Doomsday Prophesy Comes True
July 17, 2014
“This gave me the idea to start my boîte,” she says, using the French term for a start-up company.A Woman Blogger’s Scoop Helped Save Tunisia From Islamists
Thomas A. Bass
April 6, 2014
I relished the chance to experiment with my role and live the start-up experience.Randi Zuckerberg: How I Learned to Balance Business and Creativity
November 4, 2013
But there was a very conscious, earnest effort here to mimic the American start-up culture.America’s Start-Up Silver Lining
October 30, 2013
Question: How might access of small business to start-up capital and other resources best be facilitated?After the Rain
Word Origin and History for start-up
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper