Definition of warm something up in English:

warm something up

(US warm something over)

phrasal verb

  • 1Reheat previously cooked food.

    ‘can you warm the soup up for me?’
    • ‘In a small pan, warm the black beans over low heat.’
    • ‘In a small saucepan, warm the oil over low heat.’
    • ‘For the Arctic char confit: In a saucepan, warm the oil over low heat.’
    • ‘In a large skillet or sauté pan, warm the olive oil over high heat, almost to the smoking point.’
    • ‘To make it yourself, crush a garlic clove in a few tablespoons of olive oil and gently warm it over the stove for 30 minutes.’
    • ‘Then warm the jam over low heat in a small nonstick saucepan or skillet, stirring occasionally, until smooth.’
    • ‘Make the sponge by warming the milk over low heat in a small saucepan until it's tepid.’
    • ‘Add the remaining chickpeas, and warm the soup over medium heat.’
    reheated, heated up
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  • 2Entertain an audience so as to make them more receptive to the main act.

    ‘on stage, Miles was warming up the crowd’
    • ‘Prior to Simon's appearance the crowd was warmed up by local singer Brian O'Gorman, who treated all to an ensemble of everything from The Stunning to Crowded House.’
    • ‘By the time Papa Roach exited the stage at around 9 pm, the crowd was warmed up and ready for the main entertainment, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.’
    • ‘The host for the evening, MC Silky was great, making everyone feel welcome and relaxed, playing silly songs on his guitar and telling good jokes to warm the audience up.’
    • ‘Nightclub DJs feel the pulse of the crowd, warm them up with some pop and play the current dance hits.’
    • ‘Without a studio audience to warm things up, Vaughan's attempts to jolly things along fall flat to the sounds of nervous giggles from the crew.’
    • ‘A band, in slow, last chorus finality, warms the crowd up nicely.’
    • ‘I merely thought that Raczysnki was warming the crowd up for the inevitable madness to come.’
    • ‘So Dalrymple warmed the audience up at the Oxford-Bookstore Gallery with a few Comic Anecdotes.’
    • ‘Scottish folk favourite John McCusker will do his bit to warm the audience up with his fiddle playing.’
    • ‘There were hundreds of extras there playing the studio audience, and I found myself warming them up, telling them what would happen and what was expected of them.’
    enliven, liven, liven up, stimulate, animate, rouse, put some life into, stir, stir up, move, excite, cheer up
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