work up - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
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.

    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.

See also main entry: work