warm-up

1 of 2

noun

variants or less commonly warmup
1
: the act or an instance of warming up
also : a preparatory activity or procedure
2
: a suit for exercise or casual wear consisting of a jacket or sweatshirt and pants
often used in plural

called also warm-up suit

warm up

2 of 2

verb

warmed up; warming up; warms up

intransitive verb

: to engage in exercise or practice especially before entering a game or contest
broadly : to get ready

Examples of warm-up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
One of the weirdest things happened to Brandon Aiyuk on Sunday during pregame warm-ups. USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2024 But Valentine’s Day turned out to be only a warm-up act as the film transformed into an all-audience box office sensation in another win for the music biopic boom sweeping Hollywood. Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Feb. 2024 Fear of God Athletics will design player exclusive on-court and warm-up uniforms for UM’s basketball teams as part of the brand’s NCAA collection, according to the university. C. Isaiah Smalls Ii, Miami Herald, 16 Feb. 2024 There, above the crest on the left breast of the team’s warm-ups, is the bright white star LAFC earned by winning the MLS Cup 11 months after Atuesta left for Brazil. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2024 Now Ford’s binoculars came to rest on Tobin Rote, Bobby Layne’s backup, who was firing warm-up passes, grinning, chattering with coaches. Bill Morris, Detroit Free Press, 28 Jan. 2024 Players from both sides met at center ice during pre-game warm-ups prior to the game, with the Panthers contingent unhappy after Arizona forward Jason Zucker left Florida forward Nick Cousins with a concussion after hitting him from behind in the last meeting between these two teams on Jan. 2. Colby Guy, The Arizona Republic, 25 Jan. 2024 He was scheduled to play a set during the players’ warm-up in Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium, as well as spin music during featured breaks within the game, becoming the first DJ to perform during the Super Bowl. Zoe G Phillips, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Feb. 2024 Begin with some warm-ups and team huddling and end with a massive pizza party. Michael Charboneau, Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2024
Verb
Lucie quickly warms up to her neighbors, babysitting for Rose and offering the couple gardening tips. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Feb. 2024 Things really started warming up in the 1980s, but notice the red spikes well before, in the early 1940s. Matt Simon, WIRED, 15 Feb. 2024 After going for 19 points in a 5-point loss to Simon Gratz High School of Philadelphia, Doyle walked out of the tunnel and saw LeBron James warming up in a pair of red, white and blue sneakers — custom Adidas Kobes — that had been gifted to him before the game by Kobe Bryant. Adam Zagoria, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 Duarte rolled the ankle while warming up for Wednesday’s game inside the team’s practice facility. Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee, 9 Feb. 2024 Long before California’s peach trees start fruiting, you’ll be all warmed up for the year. Cameron Sullivan, The Mercury News, 8 Feb. 2024 Grasshopper would thrive in a home with patient humans who will give her some time to warm up to them. Stephanie Baillargeon-McCurry, Kansas City Star, 7 Feb. 2024 The weather service forecasts the region to warm up even further on Thursday with a high of 56 and a low of 36. Friday, which should be the warmest day of the week, will have temperatures reach as high as 58 and a low dipping to 43. Tony Roberts, Baltimore Sun, 5 Feb. 2024 The remaining $200 is for competition, body liner, shoes, socks, warm up, cheer bag, and uniform rental. Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of warm-up was in 1846

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Cite this Entry

“Warm-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warm-up. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

warm-up

noun
ˈwȯr-ˌməp
1
: the act or an instance of warming up
2
: a practice or set of exercises done before a game, contest, or workout

Medical Definition

warm-up

1 of 2 noun
: the act or an instance of warming up
also : a procedure (as a set of exercises) used in warming up

warm up

2 of 2 intransitive verb
: to engage in preliminary exercise (as to stretch the muscles)
important to warm up properly before running

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