Verb > Warm up

Verb – Warm up

1 : to become warmer

After being outside too long, I’m slowly warming up.

The days are starting to warm up.

2 : warm up or warm (something) up or warm up (something) : to do exercises in order to prepare for some activity (such as a sport)

You should always warm up for a few minutes before you begin to run.

The singer warmed up her voice before the concert.

3 : to start to do something that you will do in a more intense way later : to become more intense or enthusiastic

He’s just warming up; he’s saving his best material for the end.

The party finally warmed up (=heated up) after a couple of hours.

4 : warm (someone) up or warm up (someone) : to entertain (people) before a show begins

The comedian warmed up the audience before the concert.

5 a : of a machine : to become ready for use after being started or turned on

I always let the car warm up for a couple of minutes in the winter before I start driving.

5 b : warm (a machine) up or warm up (a machine) : to cause or allow (a machine) to become ready for use after being started or turned on

The engine needs to be warmed up for a couple of minutes.