Definition of build up

1. Prepare oneself for a military confrontation.
The U.S. is girding for a conflict in the Middle East.
Troops are building up on the Iraqi border.
2. Bolster or strengthen.
Build up confidence.
Ramp up security in the airports.
3. Form or accumulate steadily.
Resistance to the manager's plan built up quickly.
Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border.
4. Enlarge, develop, or increase by degrees or in stages.
Build up your savings.
5. Change the use of and make available or usable.
Develop land.
The country developed its natural resources.
The remote areas of the country were gradually built up.
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According to Rasmussen, the Russian military build-up would be “a positive step” if it were oriented towards sealing the border and preventing the flow of men and arms to the pro-Russian separatists. But “that is not what we are seeing,” he said.
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Slow down in built-up areas.
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The millionaire was a great believer in law and order. He abominated revolutionists, with the instinctive fear of all the rich who have built up a fortune and remember their humble beginnings.
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With the rubbish left over from Darwin and Spencer, their old Haeckel has built up his doctrine of 'Monism' which, applied to politics, scientifically consecrates Prussian pride
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"So now you can build up your tower," Mitya broke off, and again turned away from them contemptuously.
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Amplitude fluctuations build up as the wave propagates away from the screen.
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Another prior art method is used for building houses from clay (adobe) in a sliding form-work by building up the walls.
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Builds up new bone tissue, inhibits onchypathies, protects kidneys and is a natural chelating agent for heavy metals.
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Charles cleared land, built up his walls, improved his drainage, and added a hundred acres to the farm.
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Criticism is purely destructive; anyone can destroy, but not everyone can build up.
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