warm up

When you warm up, you get ready to do something, like run around or sing a few notes before a game or a concert. To warm up is to literally make something warmer, so you can also warm up your soup.

You can warm up beside a cozy fire after skiing, or warm up in your chilly house with a mug of hot tea. Or, warm up your car by running the engine for a while before you drive. If you’re shy, it might take you a little while to warm up to people. A band warms up by playing parts of songs and tuning their instruments, and an athlete might warm up with an easy jog and some stretching.

Definitions of warm up
  1. verb
    get warm or warmer
    synonyms: warm
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    type of:
    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  2. verb
    cause to do preliminary exercises so as to stretch the muscles
    “The coach warmed up the players before the game”
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    types:
    limber
    cause to become limber
    type of:
    exercise, work, work out
    give a workout to
    put to work, work
    cause to work
  3. verb
    make one's body limber or suppler by stretching, as if to prepare for strenuous physical activity
    synonyms: limber up, loosen up
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    type of:
    exercise, work out
    do physical exercise
  4. verb
    run until the normal working temperature is reached
    “We warmed up the car for a few minutes”
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    type of:
    operate, run
    direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.
  5. verb
    become more friendly or open
    “She warmed up after we had lunch together”
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    type of:
    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
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