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Origin of warmup
Words nearby warmup
Definition for warm up (2 of 2)
adjective, warm·er, warm·est.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to prepare for a game, sports contest, dance, etc., by moderate exercise or practice beforehand.
- to increase in excitement, intensity, violence, etc.: The racial situation was warming up.
- to become friendlier or more receptive: No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't warm up to that proposal.
- Radio and Television. to entertain (an audience) prior to a broadcast to increase receptiveness.
Origin of warm
SYNONYMS FOR warm
OTHER WORDS FROM warm
British Dictionary definitions for warm up (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for warm up (2 of 2)
Derived forms of warmwarmer, nounwarmish, adjectivewarmly, adverbwarmness, noun
Word Origin for warm
Idioms and Phrases with warm up (1 of 2)
Prepare for exercise or an athletic event by stretching or practicing beforehand, as in It's important to warm up before you play any sport. The idiom is also applied to musicians getting ready to perform. [Late 1800s]
Make enthusiastic, excited, or animated, as in He was good at warming up an audience for the main speaker. [Mid-1800s]
Also, warm up to. Become friendlier or more receptive toward, as in I had a hard time warming up to my mother-in-law. [Early 1800s]
Reach a temperature high enough to work efficiently, as in I'll go out and warm up the car. [Mid-1900s]
Reheat food, as in If we warm up the leftovers, we'll have enough for everyone. [Mid-1800s]
Approach a state of violence or confrontation, as in Racial tension was rapidly warming up. Also see heat up.
Idioms and Phrases with warm up (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with warm
- warm as toast
- warm heart
- warm the bench
- warm the cockles of one's heart
- warm up
- warm welcome
- cold hands, warm heart
- look like death (warmed over)