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 Dictionary entry overview: What does wind up mean? 

WIND UP (verb)
  The verb WIND UP has 4 senses:

1. finally be or do something
2. give a preliminary swing to the arm pitching
3. stimulate sexually
4. coil the spring of (some mechanical device) by turning a stem

  Familiarity information: WIND UP used as a verb is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

WIND UP (verb)

Sense 1wind up [BACK TO TOP]


Finally be or do something

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.


end up; fetch up; wind up; finish; finish up; land up

Context examples:

He ended up marrying his high school sweetheart / he wound up being unemployed and living at home again

Hypernyms (to "wind up" is one way to...):

act; move (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s VERB-ing

Sense 2wind up [BACK TO TOP]


Give a preliminary swing to the arm pitching

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Hypernyms (to "wind up" is one way to...):

swing (move in a curve or arc, usually with the intent of hitting)

Domain category:

baseball; baseball game (a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s

Sense 3wind up [BACK TO TOP]


Stimulate sexually

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling


sex; wind up; excite; turn on; arouse

Context example:

This movie usually arouses the male audience

Hypernyms (to "wind up" is one way to...):

excite; shake; shake up; stimulate; stir (stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "wind up"):

tempt (try to seduce)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The performance is likely to wind up Sue

Sense 4wind up [BACK TO TOP]


Coil the spring of (some mechanical device) by turning a stem

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging


wind up; wind

Context example:

wind your watch

Hypernyms (to "wind up" is one way to...):

fasten; tighten (make tight or tighter)

"Wind up" entails doing...:

turn (change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

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