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noun (1)

work·​up ˈwərk-ˌəp How to pronounce workup (audio)
: an intensive diagnostic study especially for medical purposes


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noun (2)

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

work up

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worked up; working up; works up

transitive verb

: to stir up : rouse
: 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

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
The hospital started doing a full NAT workup, which is for non-accidental trauma. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 3 June 2024 When workups are initiated as soon as the patient arrives, wait times go down, patient satisfaction goes up, and fewer patients leave out of frustration before even being seen. Eric Snoey, Twin Cities, 26 May 2024
Helping people overcome treatment-resistant depression begins with a thorough work-up to ensure a proper diagnosis. Karen Pallarito, Health, 2 June 2024 Good posture and footwork to slide, secure and climb on work-up blocks. Gary Bedore, Kansas City Star, 22 Apr. 2024
Forest Service fire crews typically work up to 16-hour shifts, followed by eight hours of rest that are often spent sleeping outside. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2024 Bennet was worked up about the uncanny resemblance between Windrip and Trump — and the supine acceptance of his Republican colleagues. Ruth Marcus, Washington Post, 11 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for workup 

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of workup was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Workup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

work up

: to stir up
worked up support for the project
: to produce by mental or physical work
worked up a sweat at the gym

Medical Definition


1 of 2 noun
work·​up ˈwər-ˌkəp How to pronounce workup (audio)
: an intensive diagnostic study
a gastrointestinal workup
a psychiatric workup

work up

2 of 2 transitive verb
: to perform a diagnostic workup upon
work up a patient
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