power up

verb
powered up; powering up; powers up

Definition of power up

transitive verb

: to cause to operate power up the computer

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Other Words from power up

power-up \ ˈpau̇(-​ə)r-​ˌəp How to pronounce power up (audio) \ noun

Examples of power up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Saturday, the team will move to power up its six lithium-ion batteries to about 30% of its total capacity and incrementally increase charge from the rover's power supply on a weekly basis. Julia Musto, Fox News, "How will NASA's Perseverance rover engineers pilot first helicopter on Mars?," 21 Feb. 2021 Each time SuperCam fires its lasers at a rock, the microphone will power up for about three and a half minutes. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "We’ve Never Heard What Mars Sounds Like. Percy Will Change That.," 18 Feb. 2021 According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, a megawatt can power up to 900 homes in the Northeast or 460 homes in the South. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "In Final Days, Trump Pushes the Military to Use Small Nuclear Reactors," 18 Jan. 2021 Pay attention to opportunities that arise around family, caretaking, real estate, or selfless roles like counseling, herbalism, or astrology around mid-March, as Mars gets a cosmic power up to execute your financial desires around this time. Janelle Belgrave, refinery29.com, "Your Money Horoscope For 2021 Is Here," 12 Jan. 2021 Unfortunately, this draft lacks star power up front. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "As necessary as it was, firing Mike Nolan doesn’t magically fix all of the Cowboys’ issues on defense," 8 Jan. 2021 Behind a patchwork offensive line, Pollard, and teammates attempting to shuffle in with him, struggled to power up the middle against the Niners’ stout front. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "What Tony Pollard’s big day against 49ers means for Dallas Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott," 23 Dec. 2020 Over the past couple of decades, meteorologists have been more worried about storms like Iota that power up much faster than normal. Fox News, "Hurricane Iota, Category 4 storm, makes landfall on Nicaragua coast," 17 Nov. 2020 But with raw political power up for grabs, those concerns have largely fallen by the wayside as political action committees and other wealthy donors flood the state with piles of money, ready to outspend their rivals and snag a win. Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, "Super PACs, billionaire donors, and out-of-state interest groups flood Georgia Senate runoffs," 21 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of power up

1970, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of power up was in 1970

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Last Updated

3 Mar 2021

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“Power up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/power%20up. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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