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Meaning of START UP

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  get off the ground; "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"
  2. [v]  get going or set in motion; "We simply could not start the engine"
 Synonyms: commence, embark on, start, start
 Antonyms: stop
 See Also: begin, crank, crank up, get going, go, hot-wire, inaugurate, jump, jumpstart, kick off, lead off, open, restart



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Start"-up`\, n.
    1. One who comes suddenly into notice; an upstart. [Obs.]
    2. A kind of high rustic shoe. [Obs.] --Drayton.
             A startuppe, or clownish shoe.        --Spenser.
  2. \Start"-up`\, a.
    Upstart. [R.] --Walpole.