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- (intransitive) To increase rapidly to a new value.
- Headcount ramped up over three months.
- (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”, New York Times:
- 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.
- (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 978-0-399-53023-4, 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 978-1-932159-61-5, page 71:
- For projects that are just ramping up, a reasonable estimate should be made for the foreseeable future.
- (transitive, management) To start (something) up; to cause (something) to ramp up.
- He wants to be first to ramp up his project.