build up

Definitions of build up
  1. verb
    enlarge, develop, or increase by degrees or in stages
    build up your savings”
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    type of:
    increase
    make bigger or more
  2. verb
    form or accumulate steadily
    synonyms: build, progress, work up
    build
    develop and grow
    build, ramp up, work up
    bolster or strengthen
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    type of:
    develop
    grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment
  3. verb
    change the use of and make available or usable
    “The remote areas of the country were gradually built up
    synonyms: develop
    develop, make grow
    cause to grow and differentiate in ways conforming to its natural development
    develop, modernise, modernize
    become technologically advanced
    develop, educate, prepare, train
    create by training and teaching
    develop
    generate gradually
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    types:
    redevelop
    change the plans for the use of (land)
    settle
    establish or develop as a residence
    type of:
    ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate
    to make better
  4. verb
    bolster or strengthen
    synonyms: build, ramp up, work up
    build, progress, work up
    form or accumulate steadily
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    type of:
    increase
    make bigger or more
  5. verb
    prepare oneself for a military confrontation
    “troops are building up on the Iraqi border”
    synonyms: arm, fortify, gird
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    Antonyms:
    demilitarise, demilitarize, disarm
    remove offensive capability from
    types:
    re-arm, rearm
    arm anew
    forearm
    arm in advance of a confrontation
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