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English definition of “start up (something)”

start up (something)

verb phrasal verb with start  /stɑrt/ us  

(OPERATE ENGINE)

to cause an engine to begin to operate: I didn't even hear the vacuum cleaner start up when Jose began cleaning the carpets. He heard the stranger start up a motorcycle.
(Definition of start up (something) phrasal verb, verb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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