Definition of gear up in English:

gear up

phrasal verb

  • 1Equip or prepare oneself.

    ‘the region geared up for the tourist season’
    • ‘Trainees were able to learn about the processes in the fabrication plant and the names of all the parts and equipment beforehand to ensure they were fully prepared and geared up for the detailed training course.’
    • ‘Newspapers better be prepared to gear up for 2005 innovations.’
    • ‘‘Manchester, an exciting, go-ahead city, is well geared up for it,’ said the Prime Minister.’
    • ‘Beer lovers are getting ready to celebrate with a drink as they gear up for a three-day beer festival.’
    • ‘However an official said: ‘The airport is well geared up for the situation.’’
    • ‘They believe this is in part a warm-up for the next Supreme Court fight, and a warm-up for these interest groups to get their troops geared up for the 2006 mid - term elections.’
    • ‘We're geared up for minimum damage this time.’
    • ‘But both the backers and the foes are now gearing up for a battle over an even stricter proposed amendment.’
    • ‘He added that the trust was now gearing up for an even tougher target.’
    • ‘It's going to take awhile after the storm passes for these refineries to gear back up again.’
    get ready, prepare, make preparations, arrange things, make provision, get everything set, take the necessary steps, do the necessary, lay the groundwork, do the spadework, gird up one's loins, kit oneself out, rig oneself out, arm oneself
    prepare, make preparations, make provisions, get everything ready, make ready, take the necessary steps, do the necessary
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  • 2Change to a higher gear.

    1. 2.1(of a company) increase its borrowings.
      ‘the group will be gearing up this year’
      • ‘Investment trusts can also gear up, by borrowing money to invest if they so wish.’
      • ‘Just as private landlords gear up to increase their returns, so property companies do likewise.’
      • ‘But as long as overall demand keeps growing even modestly, chances are high that businesses will become confident enough to gear up again by year end and into 2003.’
      • ‘Provided things are going well, debt financing helps a company gear up to boost returns, but investors know the dangers of debt.’
      • ‘The percentage return would have been even greater had you geared up by using a mortgage.’
      • ‘In fact, they would much rather businesses gear up with some debt so less of the company's own assets are being used.’
      • ‘There is evidence that larger rivals in the Irish market have been gearing up and restructuring to stop the Anglo business banking juggernaut.’
      • ‘The second is that borrowers have geared up on the expectation that interest rates will stay low for long.’
      • ‘These low interest rates have allowed borrowers to gear up - low monthly payments mean they can afford to take on much more debt than in the past.’
      • ‘The ability to borrow money and gear up can also give the trusts an ‘extra kick.’’