WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
(stärt′up′),USA pronunciation n.
- the act or fact of starting something;
a setting in motion.
- of or pertaining to the beginning of a new project or venture, esp. to an investment made to initiate such a project, as in a commercial or industrial enterprise:high start-up costs.Also, start′up′.
- noun, nominal use of verb, verbal phrase start up 1550–60
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start up vb (adverb)
- to come or cause to come into being for the first time; originate
- (intransitive) to spring or jump suddenly from a position or place
- to set in or go into motion, activity, etc: he started up the engine, the orchestra started up
- of or relating to input, usually financial, made to establish a new project or business
- a business enterprise that has been launched recently
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