Origin of buildup
Definition for build up (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), built or (Archaic) build·ed; build·ing.
- to make (words) from letters.
- to assemble (cards) according to number, suit, etc., as in melding.
verb (used without object), built or (Archaic) build·ed; build·ing.
- a version of a program after compilation, typically an update to an existing version made before the program is released.
- the process of producing a software build.
- a new version or update of data in a database or on a website: frequent, incremental builds of data.
- a vertical joint.
- the vertical dimension of a stone laid on its bed.
- to develop or increase: to build up a bank account.
- to strengthen.
- to prepare in stages.
- to fill in with houses; develop into an urban area.
- to praise or flatter.
Origin of build
Can be confusedbilled build
British Dictionary definitions for build up (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for build up (2 of 2)
verb builds, building or built
- to add cards to each other to form (a sequence or set)
- (intr) to add to the layout of cards on the table from one's hand
Word Origin for build
Idioms and Phrases with build up (1 of 2)
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]
Gradually develop, increase in stages. For example, I want to build up my endurance for the race. [Early 1700s]
Accumulate or collect, as in A lot of rust has built up on the farm machinery. [Mid-1900s]
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]
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)
In addition to the idioms beginning with build
- build down
- build in
- build on
- build on sand
- build up
- light (build) a fire under
Also see underbuilt.