ramp up

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ramp up (third-person singular simple present ramps up, present participle ramping up, simple past and past participle ramped up)

  1. (intransitive) To increase rapidly to a new value.
    Headcount ramped up over three months.
  2. (transitive) To increase (something) rapidly to a new value; to cause (something) to ramp up.
    The manager ramped up headcount.
    • 2012 November 20, Nina Bernstein, “Storm Bared a Lack of Options for the Homeless in New York”, in New York Times[1]:
      Overnight, as the storm bore down on urban flood zones, city officials ramped up emergency spaces to shelter thousands more people, mostly in public schools and colleges.
  3. (intransitive) To start up; to be in an initial phase of rapid increase.
    The 5G development project will ramp up in the first quarter.
    • 2004, Jana Murphy, The Secret Lives of Toddlers, Perigee, →ISBN, page 118:
      It's only fair to note that during the toddler years, the nightmare phase is just ramping up for many children.
    • 2007, John A. Cogliandro, Intelligent Innovation: Four Steps to Achieving a Competitive Edge, J. Ross Publishing, 2007, →ISBN, page 71:
      For projects that are just ramping up, a reasonable estimate should be made for the foreseeable future.
  4. (transitive, management) To start (something) up; to cause (something) to ramp up.
    He wants to be first to ramp up his project.

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