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Definition 1: develop - [verb of body]

Samples where work up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • we worked up an as of an appetite

Synonyms for work up in the sense of this definition

(work up is a kind of ...) come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)

"He grew a beard" "The patient developed abdominal pains" "I got funny spots all over my body" "Well-developed breasts"

Definition 2: form or accumulate steadily - [verb of change]

Samples where work up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for work up in the sense of this definition

(work up is a kind of ...) grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment

"A flower developed on the branch" "The country developed into a mighty superpower" "The embryo develops into a fetus" "This situation has developed over a long time"

(work up has a similar meaning as ...) develop and grow

"Suspense was building right from the beginning of the opera"

(work up has a similar meaning as ...) bolster or strengthen

"We worked up courage" "build up confidence" "ramp up security in the airports"

Definition 3: come up with - [verb of change]

Samples where work up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • His colleagues worked out his interesting idea
  • We worked up an ad for our client

Synonyms for work up in the sense of this definition

(work up is a kind of ...) cause to grow and differentiate in ways conforming to its natural development

"The perfect climate here develops the grain" "He developed a new kind of apple"

(work up has a similar meaning as ...) work out in detail

"elaborate a plan"

Definition 4: bolster or strengthen - [verb of change]

Samples where work up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We worked up courage
  • build up confidence
  • ramp up security in the airports

Synonyms for work up in the sense of this definition

(work up is a kind of ...) make bigger or more

"The boss finally increased her salary" "The university increased the number of students it admitted"

(work up has a similar meaning as ...) form or accumulate steadily

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

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