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English verb: work up

1. work up (change) form or accumulate steadily

SamplesResistance to the manager's plan built up quickly.
Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border.

Synonymsbuild, build up, progress

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)develop

Verb groupbuild, build, build up, ramp up, work up

2. work up (body) develop

SamplesWe worked up an as of an appetite.

Synonymsget up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)acquire, develop, get, grow, produce

3. work up (change) bolster or strengthen

SamplesWe worked up courage.
Build up confidence.
Ramp up security in the airports.

Synonymsbuild, build up, ramp up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)increase

Verb groupbuild, build up, progress, work up

4. work up (change) come up with

SamplesHis colleagues worked out his interesting idea.
We worked up an ad for our client.

Synonymswork out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)develop, make grow

Verb groupelaborate, work out

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