Wind Up

How to Conjugate Wind Up

  • Infinitive: Wind Up
  • Present Tense: Wind Up/ Winds Up
  • -ing Form: Winding Up
  • Past Tense: Wound Up
  • Past Participle: Wound Up
Wind Up is a non-separable phrasal verb and has 4 definitions.

Definitions of Wind Up:

1. To operate a mechanical device by turning its handle.

Examples: You have to wind up the handle of the toy car to get it to work.
Did you wind the clock up?

2. When you arrive at a situation, place, or certain state.

Examples: How did you wind up at the bar on the other side of town?
We were driving to Texas, but took the wrong highway and wound up in Missouri.

3. When a foreseen or unforeseen outcome happens as a result of something.

Examples: If you don’t stop smoking, you could wind up with throat Cancer.
It is still a mystery how Dorothy Daindridge wound up dead in her apartment.

4. To wrap something long around and around until it forms a tight circle.

Examples: Wind the cord up when you finish with the vacuum.
You didn’t wind up the tape, so now it is hard to use.

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