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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
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to end something
    I’d like to wind up the meeting soon.
    1. a.
      British to close a business
      The firm was later wound up with debts of £104,000.
  2. 3
    [transitive] British informal to trick someone by telling them something that is not true
    At first I thought they were winding me up.
  3. 4
    [transitive] informal to make someone angry or upset
    Please don’t wind him up – he causes me enough trouble.
  4. 5
    [transitive] same as wind3 (sense 4)
See also main entry: wind


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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