warm up - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb
present tense
I/you/we/theywarm up
he/she/itwarmsup
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.

  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.

    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.

  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.

  6. 6
    [transitive] if a minor performer warms up an audience, they put the audience in the right mood for the main performance
See also main entry: warm