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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 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
1550-1560
1550-60; noun use of verb phrase start up
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Word Origin and History for startups

start-up

n.

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

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