start up

This page is about the phrasal verb start up.

Meaning: to create and run an organization such as a business, a club, a band, etc.

Synonym: set up, establish (formal)

For example:

  • start up sth After I finished university, I started up my own small business.

  • start sth up You had a chess club in your old school, so why don't you start one up in your new school as well?

Nouns often used as objects with start up: business, company, service, club, web site, organization, charity, project, band, school

Quick Quiz:

We're starting up our own online business because

a. we don't think it will work

b. we think it'll work well

c. it's already made some money

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Contributor: Matt Errey