start up

start-up

[stahrt-uhp]
noun
1.
the act or fact of starting something; a setting in motion.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to the beginning of a new project or venture, especially to an investment made to initiate such a project, as in a commercial or industrial enterprise: high start-up costs.
Also, startup.


Origin:
1550–60; noun use of verb phrase start up

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start up
 
vb
1.  to come or cause to come into being for the first time; originate
2.  (intr) 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
 
adj
4.  of or relating to input, usually financial, made to establish a new project or business: a start-up mortgage
 
n
5.  a business enterprise that has been launched recently

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Idioms & Phrases

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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