gear up


geared up; gearing up; gears up

intransitive verb

: to get ready
are gearing up for the big game

Examples of gear up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kerry Washington is gearing up to tour with her memoir, Thicker Than Water, starting September 23. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 19 Sep. 2023 Move over, 7th Heaven — SEVENTEEN is gearing up to release its 11th mini album, SEVENTEENTH HEAVEN, the K-pop group revealed on social media Tuesday (Sept. 19). Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 19 Sep. 2023 Sarah Jakes Roberts, the torchbearer of her father T.D. Jakes’ ministry, is gearing up for the fifth annual Women Evolve conference, set to take place at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas this weekend. Essence, 14 Sep. 2023 The California Congressional Black Caucus is gearing up to launch a statewide campaign to educate its citizens on the critical nature of reparations for Black people — including cash payments — for the harms of slavery. Curtis Bunn, NBC News, 13 Sep. 2023 British chip designer Arm is gearing up for a blockbuster IPO on the Nasdaq this week. Anna Cooban, CNN, 13 Sep. 2023 Madonna is currently gearing up for the launch of her Celebration Tour, which kicks off next month in London. Kirsty Hatcher, Peoplemag, 13 Sep. 2023 Meta and Microsoft are both gearing up to take advantage of Apple and Google being forced, as of early March next year, to let people install third-party app stores. Bydavid Meyer, Fortune, 11 Sep. 2023 As nations gear up for a new space industry race, the answer to this question remains murky. Matt Hrodey, Discover Magazine, 11 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gear up was in 1943

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“Gear up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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