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startup

[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
1550-60; noun use of verb phrase start up
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n.

also startup, 1550s, "upstart;" meaning "action of starting up" is from 1845. See start (v.) + up (adv.).

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