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English definition of “start up (something)”

start up (something)

(OPERATE ENGINE) phrasal verb with start    /stɑrt/ verb
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) (OPERATE ENGINE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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