Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

warm up - definition and synonyms

Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
phrasal verb
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theywarm up
he/she/itwarmsup
present participlewarmingup
past tensewarmedup
past participlewarmedup
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  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.
    stretching exercises to warm up your calf muscles
    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. 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.
See also main entry: warm

nanodegree

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

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

hypocaust

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

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog