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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.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)fasten, tighten


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