Meaning of “warm up something” in the English Dictionary

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warm up something

phrasal verb with warm us /wɔrm/ verb [ I/T ]


to make something hotter:

I can warm up the leftover soup for lunch.
We warmed the rolls up in the oven.

warm up (something)

phrasal verb with warm us /wɔrm/ verb [ I/T ]


to exercise or practice in order to prepare for something that takes a lot of effort:

Ballet dancers have to warm up before performing.
A new pitcher is warming up in the bullpen.
She warms up her voice by singing scales.

If you warm up a car, you let the engine get warm enough to work well.

(Definition of “warm up something” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)