[ wurk-uhp ]

  1. a thorough medical diagnostic examination including laboratory tests and x-rays.

  2. a tentative plan or proposal.

Origin of workup

First recorded in 1935–40; noun use of verb phrase work up

Other definitions for work-up (2 of 2)

[ wurk-uhp ]

  1. an undesirable deposit of ink on a surface being printed, caused by the forcing into type-high position of quads or other spacing material.

Origin of work-up

Noun use of verb phrase work up Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use workup in a sentence

  • Until we work up some weeks' reserve of water, food and cartridges, I shan't sleep sound.

  • 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

work up

verb(tr, mainly adverb)
  1. to arouse the feelings of; excite

  2. to cause to grow or develop: to work up a hunger

  1. (also preposition) to move or cause to move gradually upwards

  2. to manipulate or mix into a specified object or shape

  3. 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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