See also: workup
- To raise; to excite; to stir up.
- He worked up the public's passions to rage.
- 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter V, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., OCLC 222716698:
- In the eyes of Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke the apotheosis of the Celebrity was complete. The people of Asquith were not only willing to attend the house-warming, but had been worked up to the pitch of eagerness.
- To develop.
- I shall have worked up an appetite with all this heavy work.
- 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, H.L. Brækstad, transl., Folk and Fairy Tales, page 185:
- "See how it's working up; we shall have thunder and lightning."
- (transitive, medicine) To give (a patient) a general medical examination to assess health and fitness.
- (obsolete, transitive) To use up (material, etc.).
- (obsolete, nautical) To set at an irksome or needless task.
To raise; to excite; to stir up.
To develop — see develop