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build up meaning and definition

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Definition of build up (verb)

  1. enlarge, develop, or increase by degrees or in stages
    • "build up your savings"
  2. form or accumulate steadily
    • "Resistance to the manager's plan built up quickly"; "Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border"
    • synonyms: build, progress, work up
  3. prepare oneself for a military confrontation
    • "The U.S. is girding for a conflict in the Middle East"; "troops are building up on the Iraqi border"
    • synonyms: arm, fortify, gird
    • antonym: demilitarise
  4. bolster or strengthen
    • "We worked up courage"; "build up confidence"; "ramp up security in the airports"
    • synonyms: build, ramp up, work up
  5. change the use of and make available or usable
    • "develop land"; "The country developed its natural resources"; "The remote areas of the country were gradually built up"
    • synonyms: develop
Source: Princeton University Wordnet

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