work up

verb

Definition of work up

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to stir up :  rouse

  3. 2 :  to produce by mental or physical work <worked up a comedy act> <worked up a sweat in the gym>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to rise gradually in intensity or emotional tone

Examples of work up in a sentence

  1. <spent years working up a period novel that was historically accurate in every detail>

15th Century

First Known Use of work up

15th century


Medical Dictionary

work up

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transitive verb \ˌwər-ˈkəp, ˈwər-\

Medical Definition of work up

  1. :  to perform a diagnostic workup upon <work up a patient>



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