buildup

or build-up

[ bild-uhp ]
/ ˈbɪldˌʌp /

noun

Origin of buildup

1925–30, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase build up

Definition for build up (2 of 2)

Origin of build

before 1150; Middle English bilden, Old English byldan, derivative of bold, variant of botl dwelling, house

Related forms

Can be confused

billed build
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British Dictionary definitions for build up (1 of 2)

build up

verb (adverb)


noun build-up

British Dictionary definitions for build up (2 of 2)

build

/ (bɪld) /

verb builds, building or built


noun

physical form, figure, or proportionsa man with an athletic build

Word Origin for build

Old English byldan; related to bylda farmer, bold building, Old Norse bōl farm, dwelling; see bower 1
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Idioms and Phrases with build up (1 of 2)

build up

1

Fill an area with houses or other buildings, urbanize. For example, We want to protect the wetlands against those who want to build up the area. [c. 1400]


2

Gradually develop, increase in stages. For example, I want to build up my endurance for the race. [Early 1700s]

3

Accumulate or collect, as in A lot of rust has built up on the farm machinery. [Mid-1900s]

4

Increase, strengthen, develop toward, as in The sound built up until it was nearly deafening, or His argument was building up to a grand climax. [c. 1930]

5

Establish or enhance a reputation; praise or flatter. For example, Months before the official campaign could begin, they had been building up the senator's image. [c. 1930]

Idioms and Phrases with build up (2 of 2)

build

In addition to the idioms beginning with build

  • build down
  • build in
  • build on
  • build on sand
  • build up

also see:

  • light (build) a fire under

Also see underbuilt.


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