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.
    • 2020 September 23, Nigel Harris, “Comment: We MUST seize the moment”, in Rail, page 3:
      For entirely self-serving reasons, ministers and civil servants never dispelled the public belief that uncaring 'fat cat' privateers or foreign state railways were in control, ramping up fares and creaming off profits which either enriched shareholders or subsidised European rail fares. DfT left train operators to 'take the heat' - which they dutifully did, fearful of speaking up and 'biting the hand that feeds'.
  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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