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 Dictionary entry overview: What does start up mean? 

START UP (verb)
  The verb START UP has 2 senses:

1. get going or set in motion
2. get off the ground

  Familiarity information: START UP used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

START UP (verb)

Sense 1start up [BACK TO TOP]


Get going or set in motion

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming


start up; start

Context examples:

We simply could not start the engine / start up the computer


get going; go; start (begin or set in motion)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "start up"):

kick-start (start (a motorcycle) by means of a kick starter)

hot-wire (start (a car engine) without a key by bypassing the ignition interlock)

re-start; restart (start an engine again, for example)

crank; crank up (start by cranking)

jump; jump-start; jumpstart (start (a car engine whose battery is dead) by connecting it to another car's battery)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Sense 2start up [BACK TO TOP]


Get off the ground

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing


embark on; start up; commence; start

Context examples:

Who started this company? / We embarked on an exciting enterprise / I start my day with a good breakfast / We began the new semester / The afternoon session begins at 4 PM / The blood shed started when the partisans launched a surprise attack

Hypernyms (to "start up" is one way to...):

begin; commence; lead off; start (set in motion, cause to start)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "start up"):

inaugurate; kick off (commence officially)

open (begin or set in action, of meetings, speeches, recitals, etc.)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

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