bone up

verb
boned up; boning up; bones up

Definition of bone up

intransitive verb

1 : to try to master necessary information quickly : cram bone up for the exam
2 : to renew one's skill or refresh one's memory boned up on the speech just before giving it

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for bone up

Synonyms

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of bone up in a Sentence

I suggest you bone up a bit on torts before the next attempt at the bar exam.

First Known Use of bone up

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about bone up

Time Traveler for bone up

Time Traveler

The first known use of bone up was in 1873

See more words from the same year

Statistics for bone up

Cite this Entry

“Bone up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bone%20up. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on bone up

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with bone up

Comments on bone up

What made you want to look up bone up? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a blooming wisteria tree
  • Which is a synonym of exiguous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!