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 Previous guest speakers have included Dave Grohl, U.S. president Barack Obama, Steven Spielberg, Michelle Yeoh and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, while Twitter, Foursquare and Airbnb are among the tech start-ups that SXSW famously helped launch. Richard Smirke, Billboard, 8 May 2024 In the aftermath, start-ups tried restricting sales of their stock. Erin Griffith, New York Times, 6 May 2024 Three years later, with $35,000 in start-up funds from the Rockefeller Foundation, Haag launched the Directing Workshop for Women with help from Tony Vellani, Joan Didion, Mathilde Krim, Eleanor Perry and others. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 May 2024 Daniel Ek’s Next Act: The Spotify chief has co-founded a new start-up, Neko Health, that aims to make head-to-toe health scans part of the annual health checkup routine. Melissa Hoppert, New York Times, 2 May 2024 Some once-promising start-ups have already cratered and the suite of flashy products launched by the biggest players in the AI race — OpenAI, Microsoft and Google — have yet to upend the way people work and communicate with each other. Gerrit De Vynck, Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2024 This grill has an easy twist-start ignition for effortless start-up, and the stainless steel finish is durable and resistant to weather, rust and other environmental dangers. Kelsey Chapman, ABC News, 17 Apr. 2024 The main goal of these relationships is to align programs that create jobs, pipelines for jobs, develop entrepreneurs and start-up businesses, apprenticeship and workforce investment program opportunities with employment needs, throughout the county and particularly in disadvantaged communities. Miami Herald Archives, Miami Herald, 15 Apr. 2024 Her first job is at a start-up, but, this being the work-from-home era, Lee spends less time gossiping by the water cooler and more sending flirty texts to the head of data from her kitchen table. Jennifer Wilson, The New Yorker, 15 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of start-up was in 1845

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“Start-up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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