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phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theystart up
he/she/itstarts up
present participlestarting up
past tensestarted up
past participlestarted up

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  1. 1
    to bring a business, organization, or project into existence

    The Agency helps over 1,000 firms start up each year.

    She left the company last year to start up her own business.

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