Definition of start-up in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstɑːtʌp/


[mass noun]
1The action or process of setting something in motion: the start-up of marketing in Europe [as modifier]: start-up costs
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  • The whole idea is to make sure it lasts long enough for you to get through the entire start-up process.
  • Experienced childminders will be on hand and advice will also be available on registering, training and help with start-up costs.
  • A downturn in workload in Scotland had led the firm to try and increase business south of the Border which led to the group being hit by start-up costs.
1.1 [count noun] A newly established business: problems facing start-ups and small firms in rural areas
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  • We are serving businesses from new start-ups to firms with a £20 million turnover.
  • The scheme will provide a range of business mentoring support for start-ups and young businesses pre-investment.
  • This scheme is worth about £3 million and is designed to aid business start-ups throughout Cumbria.

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