- 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.
Origin of buildup
1925–30, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase build up
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Examples from the Web for buildup
The whole season for me was about the buildup to the wedding.Jesse Tyler Ferguson's Personal Stories Behind His 'Modern Family' Marriage Arc
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That sounds small, but the buildup of Hezbollah forces in Syria was gradual, too.Hezbollah’s Widening War Spreads to Iraq
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The core of the story is set against the backdrop of the Iraq invasion, the buildup, and the immediate aftermath.Newsweek Takedown From Beyond the Grave: Michael Hastings’s Fiction Tells the Truth
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One theory revolves around 9/11 and the buildup to the first Iraq War.Skewed
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Chatterjee and his team found that D-PDMP almost totally eliminated the buildup of cholesterol in vital regions of the body.Scientists at Johns Hopkins Come Closer to Eliminating Heart Disease
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Of course it was another piece of callow whistling in the dark, but it was a buildup, too.The Planet Strappers
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But information about the precise results of their ordinary use and their buildup in nature accumulates very slowly.The Nation's River
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