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verb (used with object), up·built, up·build·ing.
  1. to build up, as with the result of establishing, increasing, enlarging, or fortifying.
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Origin of upbuild

First recorded in 1505–15; up- + build
Related formsup·build·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for upbuild

Historical Examples

  • We have helped to upbuild that Empire, and we claim our inheritance.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • In every way possible they tried to upbuild its infant industries.

  • The aim of the commodity rate was to upbuild a new industry.

  • Oregon was another land to conquer, to settle, and to upbuild.

    Dr. John McLoughlin, the Father of Oregon

    Frederick Van Voorhies Holman

  • He was a liberal man, ever ready to embark his means in enterprises calculated to upbuild and aid in the progress of Seattle.

    Blazing The Way

    Emily Inez Denny

British Dictionary definitions for upbuild


verb -builds, -building or -built
  1. (tr) to build up; enlarge, increase, etc
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Derived Formsupbuilder, noun
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