a thorough medical diagnostic examination including laboratory tests and x-rays.
a tentative plan or proposal.
Other definitions for work-up (2 of 2)
an undesirable deposit of ink on a surface being printed, caused by the forcing into type-high position of quads or other spacing material.
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How to use workup in a sentence
You can also work up an appetite with a beach volleyball tournament or rock out to your favorite local band.
There were fine reporters such as Matthew Lysiak of the New York Daily News doing creditable work up there.Curse the Media in Newtown for Doing Too Little, Too Late on Guns | Michael Daly | December 20, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Somehow authors can always be counted on to work up tremendous appetites.Menu for a Moveable Feast: 10 Famous Authors and Their Favorite Foods & Recipes | Nicole Villeneuve | October 12, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
But they still made us push 'em out, lift the boat, to work up an appetite, I suppose.
With him one is at high pressure all the time, and I have gained a good many more ideas from him than I can work up in a hurry.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
Until we work up some weeks' reserve of water, food and cartridges, I shan't sleep sound.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
It wouldn't do even you any good to work up a reform party, and your abilities are to his as a thousand to one.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
Suppose I insidiously work up a reform movement in this State, and am shot into Congress over the head of the machine?Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
After dinner a humorous old hard case mysteriously took us aside and said he had a good yarn which we might be able to work up.Over the Sliprails | Henry Lawson
British Dictionary definitions for work up
to arouse the feelings of; excite
to cause to grow or develop: to work up a hunger
(also preposition) to move or cause to move gradually upwards
to manipulate or mix into a specified object or shape
to gain knowledge of or skill at (a subject)
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Other Idioms and Phrases with workup
Arouse emotions; see worked up.
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