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  1. a building up, as of military forces; increase in amount or number.
  2. a process of growth; strengthening; development: the buildup of heavy industry.
  3. an accumulation, as of a particular type of material: a buildup of salt deposits.
  4. an increase, as in potential, intensity, or pressure: A buildup of suspense began halfway through the movie.
  5. a progressive or sequential development: the buildup of helium atoms from hydrogen.
  6. praise or publicity designed to enhance a reputation or popularize someone or something: The studio spent $100,000 on the new star's buildup.
  7. a process of preparation designed to make possible the achievement of an ultimate objective: a lengthy buildup to a sales pitch.
  8. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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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

    Raymond Zinke Gallun

  • But information about the precise results of their ordinary use and their buildup in nature accumulates very slowly.

    The Nation's River

    United States Department of the Interior