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ramp 1

1. An inclined surface or roadway connecting different levels.
2. A mobile staircase by which passengers board and leave an aircraft.
3. A concave bend of a handrail where a sharp change in level or direction occurs, as at a stair landing.
Phrasal Verbs:
ramp down
To decrease in volume, amount, or rate: As the project ramped down, several employees were laid off.
ramp up
To increase in volume, amount, or rate: The factory ramped up production to meet the increased demand.

[French rampe, from ramper, to slope, rise up, from Old French; see ramp2.]

ramp 2

intr.v. ramped, ramp·ing, ramps
1. To rush around or act in a threatening or violent manner.
2. To assume a threatening stance, as in rearing up on hindlegs.
3. Heraldry To stand in the rampant position.

[Middle English rampen, from Old French ramper, to rear, rise up, of Germanic origin.]

ramp n.

ramp 3

 (rămp) also ramps (rămps)
A plant (Allium tricoccum) of the eastern United States having small bulbs and young leaves that are edible and have a pungent onionlike flavor. Also called wild leek.

[Variant of rams, from Middle English ramse, from Old English hramsa.]
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ramp up

vb (adverb)
1. to increase or cause to increase
2. (intr) to increase the effort involved in a process
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.ramp up - bolster or strengthen; "We worked up courage"; "build up confidence"; "ramp up security in the airports"
increase - make bigger or more; "The boss finally increased her salary"; "The university increased the number of students it admitted"
work up, build, build up, progress - form or accumulate steadily; "Resistance to the manager's plan built up quickly"; "Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border"
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FedEx, which has been ahead of UPS in modernizing its systems, on Tuesday said it is reducing capital expenditures in its ground unit and that it likely won't ramp up expenditures in its express business until 2020 or 2021.
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The expansion, to be fully completed by next year, will ramp up the high-tech building's hourly capacity to 487,000 pieces.
We have been seeing a temporary slowdown of demand for titanium and nickel alloy scrap solely because of the inability of Boeing to ramp up production of the 787 and Airbus' technical problems for the A-380.
The Pentagon got suppliers to ramp up production from about 1,200 armor sets a month to over 25,000 per month.