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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theywork up
he/she/itworks up
present participleworking up
past tenseworked up
past participleworked up
  1. 1
    to develop a particular feeling

    We went for a long walk to work up an appetite.

    I just can't work up any enthusiasm for this trip.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of work up
    1. a.
      work yourself up to make yourself feel upset, excited, or nervous

      The kids had worked themselves up to a fever pitch of excitement.

  2. 2
    to develop something

    I'd like you to work up the next set of guidelines.

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