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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theywind up
he/she/itwinds up
present participlewinding up
past tensewound up
past participlewound up
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to be in a particular place or situation not because you choose to, but because of other things that have happened
    There were no hotels available in San Francisco, so we wound up in Oakland.
    Ted wound up owing almost $50,000 in loans for graduate school.
    People are winding up in debt.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to end something
    I’d like to wind up the meeting soon.
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  3. 3
    [transitive] informal to make someone angry or upset
    Please don’t wind him up, he causes me enough trouble.
  4. 5
    [transitive] British informal to trick someone by telling them something that is not true
  5. 6
    [transitive] same as wind3 (sense 4)
See also main entry: wind


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