Definition of strike up or strike something up in English:

strike up (or strike something up)

  • 1(Of a band or orchestra) begin to play a piece of music: they struck up the “Star-Spangled Banner.”
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    • It began when a band struck up the opening hymn and a huge screen unfurled with a little bouncy ball popping across the words so everyone could sing along.
    • There was an awkward silence and then the band began to strike up.
    • The band struck up a catchy, fast-paced jazz beat, and Victoria began to sing.
    Synonyms
    begin to play, start playing
  • 1.1 (strike something up) Begin a friendship or conversation with someone, typically in a casual way.
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    • You could always strike up a conversation with someone on the mall bench next to you.
    • We might strike up a friendship, become pen pals, visit each other.
    • They were boisterous but friendly, delighting in striking up friendships with the locals.
    Synonyms
    begin, start, commence, embark on, establish
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Pronunciation: ˌkɒlərəˈtjʊərə
noun
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody