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power (sth) up

mainly US
verb uk phrasal verb with power   /paʊər/ us    /paʊɚ/
If something that needs power or energy powers up, or if someone powers it up, it is turned on or prepared so that it is ready for use or action: The computer takes a few seconds to power up after it's been switched on. College baseball teams across the country are powering up for the new season.
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