variants or startup
often attributive
: the act or an instance of setting in operation or motion
: a fledgling business enterprise

Examples of start-up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But that hasn’t stopped a myriad of DTC start-ups from selling the stuff to customers with the hopes of expanding their lifespans and managing their weight. Ali Finney, Vogue, 27 Nov. 2023 On Wednesday, an official X account posted about a separate report on X misinformation from NewsGuard, a fact-checking start-up, and warned news organizations against taking the findings at face value. Drew Harwell, Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2023 The simple start-up instructions are right on the box. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 22 Nov. 2023 In another plot twist, artificial intelligence start-up OpenAI, the parent company of ChatGPT, said that co-founder Sam Altman was set to return as its CEO after days of drama following a showdown between him and the company’s board that fired him. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Nov. 2023 One of the strangest episodes in the history of the tech industry ended as start-up events often do: with a party in San Francisco’s eclectic Mission District. Kevin Roose, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2023 Though each of these start-ups take a different approach, the goal is similar: create a one-of-a-kind experience for a listener and encourage a deeper connection with the music. Kristin Robinson, Billboard, 21 Nov. 2023 Apart from needing a specific phone, there are key limitations that Sunbird — the New York start-up that developed the messaging system — hasn’t worked out. Chris Velazco, Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2023 That includes a different direct air capture project in Wyoming and a start-up claiming to remove atmospheric carbon by burying seaweed deep in the ocean. Brad Plumer, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of start-up was in 1845

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“Start-up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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