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Definition 1: form or accumulate steadily - [verb of change]

Samples where build up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Resistance to the manager's plan built up quickly
  • Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border

Synonyms for build up in the sense of this definition

(build up is a kind of ...) grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment

"A flower developed on the branch" "The country developed into a mighty superpower" "The embryo develops into a fetus" "This situation has developed over a long time"

(build up has a similar meaning as ...) develop and grow

"Suspense was building right from the beginning of the opera"

(build up has a similar meaning as ...) bolster or strengthen

"We worked up courage" "build up confidence" "ramp up security in the airports"

Definition 2: enlarge, develop, or increase by degrees or in stages - [verb of change]

Samples where build up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • build up your savings

(build up is a kind of ...) make bigger or more

"The boss finally increased her salary" "The university increased the number of students it admitted"

Definition 3: change the use of and make available or usable - [verb of change]

Samples where build up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • develop land
  • The country developed its natural resources
  • The remote areas of the country were gradually built up

Synonyms for build up in the sense of this definition

(build up is a kind of ...) to make better

"The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"

(... is a kind of build up ) change the plans for the use of (land)

(... is a kind of build up ) establish or develop as a residence

"He settled the farm 200 years ago" "This land was settled by Germans"

(build up has a similar meaning as ...) cause to grow and differentiate in ways conforming to its natural development

"The perfect climate here develops the grain" "He developed a new kind of apple"

(build up has a similar meaning as ...) become technologically advanced

"Many countries in Asia are now developing at a very fast pace" "Viet Nam is modernizing rapidly"

(build up has a similar meaning as ...) create by training and teaching

"The old master is training world-class violinists" "we develop the leaders for the future"

(build up has a similar meaning as ...) generate gradually

"We must develop more potential customers" "develop a market for the new mobile phone"

Definition 4: bolster or strengthen - [verb of change]

Samples where build up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We worked up courage
  • build up confidence
  • ramp up security in the airports

Synonyms for build up in the sense of this definition

(build up is a kind of ...) make bigger or more

"The boss finally increased her salary" "The university increased the number of students it admitted"

(build up has a similar meaning as ...) form or accumulate steadily

"Resistance to the manager's plan built up quickly" "Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border"

Definition 5: prepare oneself for a military confrontation - [verb of competition]

Samples where build up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The U.S. is girding for a conflict in the Middle East
  • troops are building up on the Iraqi border

Synonyms for build up in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of build up ) arm anew

"After the war, the defeated country was not allowed to rearm"

(... is a kind of build up ) arm in advance of a confrontation

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