Translation of work up in Spanish:

work up

v + o + adv, v + adv + o
  • 1 1.1 (stimulate) they had worked up an appetite se les había abierto el apetito I couldn't work up much enthusiasm no me entusiasmaba demasiado with all that talking I'd worked up quite a thirst me había dado mucha sed de tanto hablar to work up a sweat empezar* a sudar to work up a lather hacer* espuma 1.2 (excite, arouse) she gets very worked up about it se pone como loca you'll only work yourself up solo vas a conseguir disgustarte or hacerte mala sangreto work sb/oneself up into sth she works herself up into a state se pone como loca they had been worked up into a frenzy los habían puesto frenéticos, los habían exaltadoto work sb/oneself up to sth she worked them up to a fever pitch of excitement los sobreexcitó hasta el delirio
  • 2 2.1 (increase, expand) she worked the factory up into what it is today desarrolló la fábrica hasta convertirla en lo que es hoy día 2.2 (improve) [manuscript/article] rehacer*
See parent entry: work

Definition of work up in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day mandíbula
f
jaw …
Cultural fact of the day

Today is Fiesta de Santiago (St James' Day). The famous Camino de Santiago, the pilgrimage of thousands of people from all over Spain and many other parts of Europe to the holy city of Santiago de Compostela, takes place in the week leading up to St James' Day, 25 July. The city also has its fiestas around this time. The streets are full of musicians and performers for two weeks of celebrations culminating in the Festival del Apóstol.