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warm up

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phrasal verb
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present tense
I/you/we/theywarm up
he/she/itwarmsup
present participlewarmingup
past tensewarmedup
past participlewarmedup

Related meanings

  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.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of warm up
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to prepare for a sport or activity by doing gentle exercises or practising just before it starts

    The players are already on the field warming up.

    stretching exercises to warm up your calf muscles

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to prepare for a particular race, game, or competition by competing in less important events first

      The boys warmed up for their big game with a 4–0 win at Derby last week.

  4. 4
    [transitive] if you warm up a machine or an engine, you switch 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 switches it on

      In cold weather it takes longer for the car to warm up.

      Synonyms and related words for this sense of 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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