gear up - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theygear up
he/she/itgears up
present participlegearing up
past tensegeared up
past participlegeared up
  1. to prepare yourself, or to prepare something for an activity or event

    The tobacco companies are gearing up to fight the new tax.

    The town is gearing up for the carnival this weekend.

    gear yourself up:

    Most banks have geared themselves up for an electronic future.

See also main entry: gear