\ ˈwȯrm-ˌəp How to pronounce warm-up (audio) \
variants: or less commonly warmup

Definition of warm-up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

warmed up; warming up; warms up

Definition of warm up (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

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

First Known Use of warm-up


1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1846, in the meaning defined above

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“Warm-up.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warm-up. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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Kids Definition of warm-up

: the act or an instance of preparing for a performance or a more strenuous activity


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Medical Definition of warm-up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the act or an instance of warming up also : a procedure (as a set of exercises) used in warming up
\ (ˈ)wȯr-ˈməp How to pronounce warm up (audio) \

Medical Definition of warm up (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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