noun (1)
work·​up | \ ˈwərk-ˌəp How to pronounce workup (audio) \

Definition of workup

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: an intensive diagnostic study especially for medical purposes


noun (2)
\ ˈwərk-ˌəp How to pronounce work-up (audio) \

Definition of work-up (Entry 2 of 3)

: an unintended mark on a printed sheet caused by the rising of spacing material

work up

worked up; working up; works up

Definition of work up (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to stir up : rouse
2 : to produce by mental or physical work worked up a comedy act worked up a sweat in the gym

intransitive verb

: to rise gradually in intensity or emotional tone

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Examples of workup in a Sentence

Verb spent years working up a period novel that was historically accurate in every detail
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Over three to four hours, these people went through an exhaustive medical workup by a variety of specialists. Melba Newsome, Scientific American, 30 June 2021 Next, a comprehensive workup is conducted to identify all risk factors that could be affecting fertility. Pauleanna Reid, Forbes, 17 June 2021 This past January, with the pain worsening, Hargreaves had a full workup, including X-rays and an examination by an orthopedic surgeon., 1 June 2021 Madison had a cardiology workup at Mott, which was normal, and then was treated by Dr. Carey Nien-Kai Lumeng, a professor of pediatrics in the division of pediatric pulmonology at the University of Michigan. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 3 May 2021 Next comes the sentencing process, which includes an investigation conducted by the probation department and a comprehensive workup presented to the judge. Fox News, 21 Apr. 2021 The remarks that follow are a glimpse at a negotiator’s ongoing notebook, not an authoritative workup on the topic. Jack Nasher, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 Hiller flew out to Santa Rosa to get a detailed workup on the left tackle. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Nov. 2020 The severity of the initial illness helps determine what the cardiac workup will be. Giana Han, al, 10 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For that matter, Texas could work up a bigger spite against Baylor the last decade or so. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 11 Sep. 2021 Then, incrementally work up to a vision that has yet to be realized: Level 5 cars or vehicles advanced enough to make better decisions than humans in all driving conditions — including life-or-death scenarios. Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2021 Most states will most likely work up their own disbursement plans. New York Times, 20 July 2021 Impressed by the latter, Franklin asked him to work up a film treatment. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 9 Aug. 2021 Most states are likely to work up their own disbursement plans with their local governments. New York Times, 21 July 2021 According to the plaintiffs, children between the ages of 12 and 14 were trafficked from Mali to Ivory Coast, where they were forced to work up to 14 hours daily, six days a week. Jess Bravin, WSJ, 17 June 2021 The conditions at Harris County forced some correctional officers to work up to 16 hours for a single shift and stay overnight, which is standard in emergency situations, according to Spencer. Paulina Smolinski, CBS News, 20 Feb. 2021 For those who tend to work up quite the sweat, a sweatband is probably a better fit. Tim Kohut, BGR, 2 July 2021

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First Known Use of workup

Noun (1)

1939, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1903, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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work·​up | \ ˈwər-ˌkəp How to pronounce workup (audio) \

Medical Definition of workup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an intensive diagnostic study a gastrointestinal workup a psychiatric workup

work up

transitive verb
\ ˌwər-ˈkəp, ˈwər- How to pronounce work up (audio) \

Medical Definition of work up (Entry 2 of 2)

: to perform a diagnostic workup upon work up a patient


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