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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020 build•up or build-up /ˈbɪldˌʌp/
USA pronunciation n. [ countable; usually singular ]
an increase, as in amount, strength, or intensity: a buildup of suspense. praise or publicity to make something or someone well-known, popular, etc.: The speaker gave our visitor quite a buildup before her speech. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020 build•up
(bild ′up′), USA pronunciation n.
a building up, as of military forces; increase in amount or number.
a process of growth; strengthening; development: the buildup of heavy industry.
an accumulation, as of a particular type of material: a buildup of salt deposits.
an increase, as in potential, intensity, or pressure: A buildup of suspense began halfway through the movie.
a progressive or sequential development: the buildup of helium atoms from hydrogen.
praise or publicity designed to enhance a reputation or popularize someone or something: The studio spent $100,000 on the new star's buildup.
a process of preparation designed to make possible the achievement of an ultimate objective: a lengthy buildup to a sales pitch. encouragement; a psychological lift: Every time I need a buildup, I look at her picture. Also,
noun, nominal use of verb, verbal phrase build up 1925–30, American. WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020 build /bɪld/
USA pronunciation v., built /bɪlt/ build•ing, USA pronunciation n. v.
to make (a house, etc.) by putting together parts: How many years did it take to build the Empire State Building? [~ + object ] The town wants to build in that area. [no object ]
to start, increase, or strengthen; grow intense: He came to this country and built (up) the family business. [~ ( + up) + object ] to build it (up). [~ + object ( + up) ] See The tension in that story builds (up) toward a climax. [no object; (~ + up) ] build up below.
to form, shape, or create: The military school builds boys into men. [~ + object ( + into) ]
build in or into, to make something a part of something else: [~ + in/into + object ] An allowance for travel was built into the budget.
build on or upon,
[~ + on/upon + object ]
to have as a basis: a relationship built on trust. to form or construct a plan, system of thought, etc.: to build on the philosophies of the past.
[~ + up + object ]
to develop, strengthen, or increase: She built up my confidence.
to improve the strength or health of: weightlifting to build up his body. to fill up with houses or other buildings: My old neighborhood has really been built up. n.
[ countable; singular ]
the shape or structure of a person's body or muscles; physique: She had a strong build. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020 build
(bild), USA pronunciation v., built or ( Archaic) build•ed; build•ing; n. v.t.
to construct (esp. something complex) by assembling and joining parts or materials: to build a house.
to establish, increase, or strengthen (often fol. by up): to build a business; to build up one's hopes.
to mold, form, or create: to build boys into men.
to base; found: a relationship built on trust.
to make (words) from letters. to assemble (cards) according to number, suit, etc., as in melding. v.i.
to engage in the art, practice, or business of building.
to form or construct a plan, system of thought, etc. (usually fol. by on or upon): He built on the philosophies of the past.
to increase or develop toward a maximum, as of intensity, tempo, or magnitude (often fol. by up): The drama builds steadily toward a climax.
build in or into, to build or incorporate as part of something else: to build in bookcases between the windows; an allowance for travel expenses built into the budget.
to develop or increase: to build up a bank account.
to prepare in stages.
to fill in with houses; develop into an urban area. to praise or flatter. n.
the physical structure, esp. of a person; physique; figure: He had a strong build.
the manner or form of construction: The house was of modern build. Building
a vertical joint. the vertical dimension of a stone laid on its bed.
build ′a•ble, adj.
Middle English bilden, Old English byldan, derivative of bold, variant of botl dwelling, house bef. 1150
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
build up vb ( adverb) ( transitive) to construct gradually, systematically, and in stages to increase, accumulate, or strengthen, esp by degrees: the murmur built up to a roar ( intransitive) to prepare for or gradually approach a climax ( transitive) to improve the health or physique of (a person) n build-up progressive increase in number, size, etc: the build-up of industry a gradual approach to a climax or critical point extravagant publicity or praise, esp in the form of a campaign the process of attaining the required strength of forces and equipment, esp prior to an operation
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