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 Like the concept of supergroups in the music world, the top women of the restaurant world paired off and powered up this year. Naomi Tomky, Fortune, "The Best Things Restaurants Did in 2019," 1 Dec. 2019 Sherry, a sophomore from Conard who won the Class LL championship last week, powered up the hill to win his first State Open title in 15:38. Lori Riley, courant.com, "Conard’s Gavin Sherry outkicks Xavier’s Robbie Cozean for his first State Open cross country title; Hall girls, Tolland boys win team championships," 1 Nov. 2019 Spin said the charging stations, on private property, will not only keep the scooters powered up, but will also bring some order to sidewalks where the devices are often left lying around. Washington Post, "Spin dockless scooters will get docks," 26 Aug. 2019 In warm weather, German motorcyclists riding BMWs laden with gearboxes zoom past cyclists in bright helmets powering up the twisty mountain road. Rachel Monroe, Outside Online, "Last winter, Moroccan officials found two hikers dead on the trail to the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains. The international investigation that followed revealed the fragility of the adventure travel economy, as well as what happens when a small tourist hub is suddenly made strange by violence.," 29 July 2019 Michael and Deborah Bailey were hunkering down in their house among the county’s vineyards, defying the evacuation order and preparing for their second blackout this week by powering up a generator and figuring out where to send their horses. New York Times, "PG&E Shuts Off Power in Northern California as Residents Flee Fires," 26 Oct. 2019 When active, the water will begin to flow 20 seconds before liftoff, about 10 seconds before fire from the about-to-launch rocket starts begins to power up. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Kennedy Space Center drenches Launch Pad 39B in Space Launch System test," 19 Sep. 2019 Another notable new feature: a reverse wireless charging system so that a user can power up the latest AirPods in the optional wireless-charging case by leaving it on the back of the new Pro phones. Los Angeles Times, "Apple’s next line of iPhones is all about the camera," 22 Aug. 2019 This gave power up to the three drivers that received the most votes (via social media and Formula E's website) in the lead up to each race. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Formula E five years on: Cars Technica grades the electric racing series," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of power up

1970, in the meaning defined above

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6 Dec 2019

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“Power up.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/power%20up. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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