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English verb: wind up

1. wind up (change) finally be or do something


SamplesHe ended up marrying his high school sweetheart.
He wound up being unemployed and living at home again.


Synonymsend up, fetch up, finish, finish up, land up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s VERB-ing


Broader (hypernym)act, move

2. wind up (motion) give a preliminary swing to the arm pitching


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)swing


Domain categorybaseball, baseball game

3. wind up (emotion) stimulate sexually


SamplesThis movie usually arouses the male audience.


ExamplesThe performance is likely to wind up Sue


Synonymsarouse, excite, sex, turn on


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)excite, shake, shake up, stimulate, stir


Narrower (hyponym)tempt

4. wind up (contact) coil the spring of (some mechanical device) by turning a stem


SamplesWind your watch.


Synonymswind


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)fasten, tighten


Entailturn









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