from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To increase rapidly to a new value.
  • v. To increase (something) rapidly to a new value; to cause (something) to ramp up.
  • v. To start up; to be in an initial phase of rapid increase.
  • v. To start (something) up; to cause (something) to ramp up.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. bolster or strengthen


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  • New drilling rules have been imposed, a high-tech system for capping a blown-out well and containing the oil has been built, and regulators have taken steps to ramp up oversight of the industry.

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  • There was a ramp up to great doors at the baling end of the shearing shed, so they put the raft and its burden in the huge empty building amid the reeks of tar, sweat, lanolin and dung.

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  • Menolly's cry was half-gasp half-scream, but the words weren't quite out of her mouth before both harpers were on their feet and running toward the ramp up from the harbor.

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  • Mr. Wong said the computer maker will ramp up spending on research and development to catch up with rivals.

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