Definition of warm up in English:

warm up

  • 1Prepare for physical exertion or a performance by exercising or practising gently beforehand: the band were warming up
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    • Next, students practice warming up exercises in unison.
    • It is important that you warm up gently before you start any exercises and do not strain at all.
    • Be sure to warm up and stretch before exercising.
    limber up, loosen up, stretch, work out, exercise, get into condition, get into shape, practise, prepare, get ready; rehearse
  • 1.1(Of an engine or electrical appliance) reach a temperature high enough to allow it to operate efficiently: the television takes a while to warm up
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    • By this time the truck's engine has warmed up enough to allow a shift up into second gear, then third and finally fourth - or top gear.
    • This allows the engine to warm up faster, cutting exhaust emissions, and reduces fuel consumption by about 3 percent because it is not geared to the engine.
    • Check that the tyre pressures are correct, the brakes are in good working order and that the engine warms up as quickly as possible.
  • 1.2Become livelier or more animated: after several more rounds, things began to warm up in the bar
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