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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theywarm up
present participlewarmingup
past tensewarmedup
past participlewarmedup
  1. 1
    [transitive] same as warm2
    I’ll warm up some soup for lunch.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to become warm
    Drink this and you’ll soon warm up.
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  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to prepare for a sport or activity by doing gentle exercises or practicing just before it starts
    The players are already on the field warming up.
    stretching exercises to warm up your calf muscles
  4. 4
    [transitive] if you warm up a machine or an engine, you turn it on and wait for a little while until it is ready to be used
    1. a.
      [intransitive] if a machine or an engine warms up, it becomes ready to be used after someone turns it on
      In cold weather it takes longer for the car to warm up.
  5. 5
    [intransitive/transitive] if an event or situation warms up, or if something warms it up, it starts to become enjoyable, interesting, or busy
    By midnight the party had really warmed up.
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See also main entry: warm


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