work up to - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theywork up to
he/she/itworks up to
present participleworking up to
past tenseworked up to
past participleworked up to
  1. 1
    work up to something to prepare yourself to do something difficult, or to try to prepare someone for bad news

    Are you working up to telling me that you can’t pay?

  2. 2
    work up to something to develop or to increase and reach a particular level

    The plane’s engines were working up to take-off power.

See also main entry: work