fire up

phrasal verb

fired up; firing up; fires up
1
: to start (something) by lighting a fire
We fired up the grill for the barbecue.
2
: to cause (something) to start working
I fired up my computer and got down to work.
Before we start working let's fire up the coffeemaker.
3
: to fill (someone) with energy or enthusiasm
The coach fired up the players with a pep talk.
usually used as (be/get) fired up
We were fired up for the concert.

Examples of fire up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dangerous storms that are likely to fire up across the middle part of the United States could bring strong to severe storms to the Kansas City area Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Kansas City. Robert A. Cronkleton, Kansas City Star, 1 Apr. 2024 Sikh for Justice's coordinator Avtar Singh Pannu is there helping to fire up the crowd. Sandhya Dirks, NPR, 30 Mar. 2024 Dressed in a gray sweatsuit and talking trash, LaMelo Ball fires up a shot from halfcourt that swishes through the net, causing the Charlotte Hornets star to take a dig at rookie Amari Bailey. Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer, 28 Mar. 2024 This exercise fires up the midsection by stabilizing the weight above the head while lengthening it. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 26 Mar. 2024 The wide-reaching storm will also fire up severe thunderstorms and tornadoes in classic springtime fashion. Robert Shackelford, CNN, 25 Mar. 2024 Trump did not participate in any of the Republican presidential debates in an unprecedented show of confidence, aiming to secure the party's nomination by firing up his existing base on social media and holding his own town halls on networks like Fox News and CNN. Virginia Chamlee, Peoplemag, 13 Mar. 2024 Read the full Taurus Daily Horoscope Gemini (May 21 - June 21) Ready to fire up your social life? USA TODAY, 19 Mar. 2024 The same system fired up severe thunderstorms from Oklahoma and Kansas to Illinois earlier this week. Alexandra Banner, CNN, 15 Mar. 2024

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“Fire up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fire%20up. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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