heat up

phrasal verb

heated up; heating up; heats up
1
: to become warm or hot
The morning started out cold but it heated up quickly.
2
: to become more active, intense, or angry
Their conversation started to heat up.
Competition between the two companies is heating up.
3
heat (something) up or heat up (something) : to cause (something) to become warm or hot
Could you heat up the vegetables, please?

Examples of heat up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fennel does this by putting butter and sugar in the microwave for around two minutes, stopping it every 30 seconds to stir the mixture so that everything heats up evenly. Abigail Abesamis Demarest, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 Many in the North Texas region may wake up Monday morning to a dusting of wet snow which, as temperatures heat up to the 50s by the afternoon, will have melted away, according to the National Weather Service. David Montesino, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 11 Feb. 2024 The fun parts were zipping back and forth between the mixer and my laptop, where Rich and Co. were recording The Editors, and then letting the dough proof in the sunshine spilling over my bedroom floor (a cheaper option than heating up the oven). Sarah Schutte, National Review, 11 Feb. 2024 Swift began regularly appearing at the Chiefs’ games as the NFL season and her relationship with Kelce heated up last fall. Moises Mendez Ii, TIME, 11 Feb. 2024 These data are the grist for perpetual debate in California’s political, media and academic circles over causes, effects and remedies, and the conversations will be heating up this year. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, 2 Feb. 2024 Looks like next year’s Grammys are already heating up. Vulture, 3 Feb. 2024 That conflict could heat up now that Taiwan has elected a president, Lai Ching-te, who vows to defend the island against Chinese threats. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, 2 Feb. 2024 Place butter in pot over campfire, allowing pot to heat up and butter to melt. Cindy Dampier, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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“Heat up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heat%20up. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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