work up

work up
1. form or accumulate steadily (Freq. 4)

Resistance to the manager's plan built up quickly


Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border

Syn: ↑build up, ↑build, ↑progress
Derivationally related forms: ↑progress (for: ↑progress)
Hypernyms: ↑develop
Verb Group: ↑build, ↑build up, ↑ramp up
Verb Frames:

Something ——s

2. develop (Freq. 1)

we worked up an as of an appetite

Syn: ↑get up
Hypernyms: ↑grow, ↑develop, ↑produce, ↑get, ↑acquire
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s something

3. bolster or strengthen

We worked up courage


build up confidence


ramp up security in the airports

Syn: ↑build up, ↑build, ↑ramp up
Hypernyms: ↑increase
Verb Group: ↑build up, ↑build, ↑progress
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s something


Something ——s something

4. come up with

His colleagues worked out his interesting idea


We worked up an ad for our client

Syn: ↑work out
Hypernyms: ↑develop, ↑make grow
Verb Group: ↑elaborate, ↑work out
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s something

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work up [phrasal verb]
1 work (someone) up : to make (someone) feel very angry, excited, upset, etc.

Don't work yourself up again.

— see also worked up
2 work up (something) or work (something) up
2 a : to produce (something) by physical or mental effort

I worked up a sweat at the gym.

He managed to work up the courage to ask her out on a date.

2 b chiefly Brit : to improve your skill at (something) or increase your knowledge of (something)

I need to work up my French for the exam.

2 c chiefly Brit : to develop or expand (something)
— usually + into

He worked up the short story into a novel.

3 work up to (something) : to reach (something, such as a rate or level) by gradually increasing in speed, intensity, etc.

The ship gradually worked up to full speed.

The story starts slow but works up to a brilliant conclusion.

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Main Entry:work

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