View synonyms for buildup


or build-up

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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.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of buildup1

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

Despite the media buildup stressing the tenseness of Washington’s mood, one didn’t feel the anxiety.

The fan will help speed up the evaporation mechanism and distribute moisture over a wider area, the larger water tank will accommodate infrequent water changes, and the filter will prevent large-scale dust and mold buildup.

Tokyo’s supporters will point out that the buildup to every Games is dogged by problems.

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There’s a great deal of slow story buildup until the last 10 minutes or so, at which point about three movies’ worth of plot hit at once.

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As we age, the scaffolding on which our cells sit accumulates protein buildup that makes it stiffer.

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Never mind the huge buildup of clandestine operatives and secret warriors since 9/11.

The whole season for me was about the buildup to the wedding.

That sounds small, but the buildup of Hezbollah forces in Syria was gradual, too.

The core of the story is set against the backdrop of the Iraq invasion, the buildup, and the immediate aftermath.

Although USGA still operates, many LGBT undergrads feel it went down hill after an initial buildup.

But they did not alter the basic war orientation of their economies and they pressed on with the industrial-military buildup.

Of course it was another piece of callow whistling in the dark, but it was a buildup, too.

Finally, we shifted our emphasis from defense to domestic problems while our adversaries continued a massive buildup of arms.

In other free countries the defense buildup has created severe economic problems.

From the big buildup, he had had half a notion that the President himself might be there.