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[stahrt-uhp] /ˈstɑrtˌʌp/
the act or fact of starting something; a setting in motion.
of or relating 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 of start-up
1550-60; noun use of verb phrase start up Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for startup
  • As a result, decentralized composting has lower startup costs, but is more labor intensive.
  • Of course, guerrilla armies and startup companies have little to lose-they either win or die, so the lesson for them is clear.
  • Members of the staff compare it to a startup company.
  • Tesla was perhaps the wild card in the funding equation because it is a small startup.
  • We know the code that runs these is brand new, written by startup companies, and is going to have bugs.
  • The low barrier entry of web startup business if not gone, is fast disappearing.
  • Small, specialist startup online web shops, would have a much harder time making a go at it.
  • On the other hand, small and startup companies are best at times of discontinuous technological change.
  • So you got a startup grant to get your digital monograph, e-journal, or wiki up and running.
  • It was a startup operation for a multinational firm.
Word Origin and History for startup



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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