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wait, hold off, hold back
wait before acting; "the scientists held off announcing their results until they repeated the experiment"

wake up, awake, arouse, awaken, wake, come alive, waken
stop sleeping; "She woke up to the sound of the alarm clock"

walk off
take without permission; "he walked off with my wife!"; "The thief walked off with my gold watch"

walk off, walk away
go away from; "The actor walked off before he got his cue"; "I got annoyed and just walked off"

walk out
leave abruptly, often in protest or anger; "The customer that was not served walked out"

walk out
leave suddenly, often as an expression of disapproval; "She walked out on her husband and children"

warm up
become more friendly or open; "She warmed up after we had lunch together"

warm up
cause to do preliminary exercises so as to stretch the muscles; "The coach warmed up the players before the game"

warm up
run until the normal working temperature is reached; "We warmed up the car for a few minutes"

warm, warm up
get warm or warmer; "The soup warmed slowly on the stove"

wash away
eliminate; "wash away all the differences"

wash down
eat food accompanied by lots of liquid; also use metaphorically; "She washed down her dinner with a bottle of red wine"; "He washes down his worries with a nightly glass of whisky"

wash down, flush down
flow freely; "The body washed down the river"

wash out
deplete of strength or vitality; "The illness washed her out"

wash out
drain off the color in the course of laundering; "The harsh soap washed out the delicate blouse"

wash out
lose color in the process of being washed; "The expensive shirt washed out in the German washing machine"

wash out
wash free from unwanted substances, such as dirt; "Wash out your dirty shirt in the sink"

wash out
wear or destroy by the force of water; "The hail storms had washed out the bridges"

wash up
be carried somewhere by water or as if by water; "The body washed up on the beach"

wash up
carry somewhere (of water or current or waves); "The tide washed up the corpse"

wash up, do the dishes
wash dishes; "I cook and my husband washes up after dinner"

wash up, lave
wash one's face and hands; "She freshened up in the bathroom"

wash, wash out, wash off, wash away
remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or some other cleaning agent; "he washed the dirt from his coat"; "The nurse washed away the blood"; "Can you wash away the spots on the windows?"; "he managed to wash out the stains"

waste, run off
run off as waste; "The water wastes back into the ocean"

watch, look on
observe with attention; "They watched as the murderer was executed"

watch, look out, watch out
be vigilant, be on the lookout or be careful; "Watch out for pickpockets!"

watch, observe, follow, watch over, keep an eye on
follow with the eyes or the mind; "Keep an eye on the baby, please!"; "The world is watching Sarajevo"; "She followed the men with the binoculars"

watch, view, see, catch, take in
see or watch; "view a show on television"; "This program will be seen all over the world"; "view an exhibition"; "Catch a show on Broadway"; "see a movie"

water down
make less strong or intense; "water down the mixture"

water down
thin by adding water to; "They watered down the moonshine"

wear away, wear off
diminish, as by friction; "Erosion wore away the surface"

wear, have on
be dressed in; "She was wearing yellow that day"

wear, hold out, endure
last and be usable; "This dress wore well for almost ten years"

wear, put on, get into, don, assume
put clothing on one's body; "What should I wear today?"; "He put on his best suit for the wedding"; "The princess donned a long blue dress"; "The queen assumed the stately robes"; "He got into his jeans"

wear, wear off, wear out, wear down, wear thin
deteriorate through use or stress; "The constant friction wore out the cloth"

weed out, comb out
remove unwanted elements; "The company weeded out the incompetent people"; "The new law weeds out the old inequities"

while away, get through
spend or pass, as with boredom or in a pleasant manner; of time

whip through
go through very fast; "We whipped through the last papers that we had to read before the weekend"

whip up, whomp up
prepare or cook quickly or hastily

whisk off, whisk away
take away quickly and suddenly

white out
widen the interlinear spacing by inserting leads

whiteout, white out
cover up with a liquid correction fluid; "white-out the typo"

whitewash, gloss over, sleek over, hush up
cover up a misdemeanor, fault, or error; "Let's not whitewash the crimes of Stalin"; "She tried to gloss over her mistakes"

whittle away, whittle down, wear away
cut away in small pieces

win back, get back
recover something or somebody that appeared to be lost; "We got back the money after we threatened to sue the company"; "He got back his son from the kidnappers"

wind up
give a preliminary swing to the arm pitching

wind, wind up
coil the spring of (some mechanical device) by turning a stem; "wind your watch"

winkle out
force from a place or position; "The committee winkled out the unqualified candidates"

winkle, winkle out
remove or displace from a position

wipe out, sweep away
eliminate completely and without a trace; "The old values have been wiped out"

wipe up, mop up, mop
to wash or wipe with or as if with a mop; "Mop the hallway now"; "He mopped her forehead with a towel"

wipe, pass over
rub with a circular motion; "wipe the blackboard"; "He passed his hands over the soft cloth"

wise up
cause someone to become aware of something

wise up
get wise to; "They wised up to it"

withdraw, draw, take out, draw off
remove (a commodity) from (a supply source); "She drew $2,000 from the account"; "The doctors drew medical supplies from the hospital's emergency bank"

withdraw, retreat, pull away, draw back, recede, pull back, retire, move back
pull back or move away or backward; "The enemy withdrew"; "The limo pulled away from the curb"

withhold, keep back
hold back; refuse to hand over or share; "The father is withholding the allowance until the son cleans his room"

work at, work on
to exert effort in order to do, make, or perform something; "the child worked at the multiplication table until she had it down cold"

work off
cause to go away through effort or work; "work off the extra pounds you have gained over the holidays"; "we must work off the debt"

work out
be calculated; "The fees work out to less than $1,000"

work out
happen in a certain way, leading to, producing, or resulting in a certain outcome, often well; "Things worked out in an interesting way"; "Not everything worked out in the end and we were disappointed"

work out, work up
come up with; "His colleagues worked out his interesting idea"; "We worked up an ad for our client"

work through, run through, go through
apply thoroughly; think through; "We worked through an example"

work up, get up
develop; "we worked up an as of an appetite"

work, work on, process
shape, form, or improve a material; "work stone into tools"; "process iron"; "work the metal"

worst, pip, mop up, whip, rack up
defeat thoroughly; "He mopped up the floor with his opponents"

wrap, wrap up
arrange or fold as a cover or protection; "wrap the baby before taking her out"; "Wrap the present"

write down, set down, get down, put down
put down in writing; of texts, musical compositions, etc.

write in
cast a vote by inserting a name that does not appear on the ballot; "Many voters wrote in the names of strangers"

write in
write to an organization; "Many listeners wrote in after the controversial radio program"

write off
cancel (a debt)

write off
concede the loss or worthlessness of something or somebody; "write it off as a loss"

write off
write something fluently, and without hesitation

write out, issue, make out, cut
make out and issue; "write out a check"; "cut a ticket"; "Please make the check out to me"

write out, write up
put into writing; write in complete form; "write out a contract"

write up
bring to public notice by writing, with praise or condemnation; "The New York Times wrote him up last week"; "Did your boss write you up?"







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