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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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