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start-up

[stahrt-uhp] /ˈstɑrtˌʌp/
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
1550-1560
1550-60; noun use of verb phrase start up
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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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Word Origin and History for start-up
n.

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

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