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

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Users have noted that the ability to remotely power up UE devices has disappeared as well. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "UE’s Boom app on Android stopped supporting Amazon Alexa in its latest update," 1 Sep. 2018 My husband, Rick, put on his amateur electrician's hat and got it to power up, only to realize the batteries in the remote control were dead. Meredith Carroll, Redbook, "My 6-Year-Old Is Obsessed With National Tragedies — and I Doubt She's Alone," 17 Oct. 2017 The other ways to power up your characters are standard leveling up and the Character Builder skill tree. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, "Review: Dragon Quest XI looks new but feels old," 4 Sep. 2018 Still, that's a galling timeframe for powering up a motorcycle, especially in light of the fact that your cell phone pales in comparison—and cannot transport you across a scenic highway. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Zero's New SR/F Electric Motorcycle Charges as Fast as Your Cell Phone," 25 Feb. 2019 But the robot wasn't designed to be serviced by astronauts, and the installation proved challenging; afterward, the legs wouldn't move once the motor was fully powered up, and several other errors manifested in its operation. Sarah Lewin, Space.com, "NASA's Broken Robonaut Will Head Back to Earth This Spring," 20 Mar. 2018 After four days on the road—snacking on cuttlefish puffs and other iffy gas-station food, hundreds of miles of forest, the endless downshifting to power up spine-rattling hills—letting someone else take the controls was a luxury. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "Want Serious Bragging Rights? Do a Road Trip Across Borneo," 16 Nov. 2018 Wednesday’s brawl was like watching Obi-Wan power up a dusty old light saber. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Uh-Oh. The Yankees and Red Sox Hate Each Other Again," 12 Apr. 2018 Japanese design studio Nendo recently showed off a prototype of the Denqul, a hand-crank phone charger for Sugita Ace that powers up a phone, no electricity needed. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Nendo designs an attractive hand-crank phone charger," 12 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of power up

1970, in the meaning defined above

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