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build up

1. verb To increase something gradually. A noun or pronoun can be used between "build" and "up" or after "up." I've been putting $50 aside every month in an attempt to build up my savings.
2. verb To encourage or flatter someone. A noun or pronoun can be used between "build" and "up" or after "up." Not getting that job left my son really discouraged, so I've been trying to build him up.
3. verb To become stronger or more muscular. A noun or pronoun can be used between "build" and "up" or after "up." I'm trying to build up my leg muscles so that I can run even faster.
4. verb To develop an area with more buildings or businesses. A noun or pronoun can be used between "build" and "up" or after "up." Wow, they've really built up that part of town—I remember when it was just a field!
5. verb To greatly raise expectations for something by praising or hyping it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "build" and "up" or after "up." I thought that movie was really disappointing, possibly because my friends told me how amazing it was and built it up too much.
6. verb To accumulate over time. A noun or pronoun can be used between "build" and "up" or after "up." You should wash your hair every day, unless you want oily residue building up. The dirty laundry is really building up—when was the last time you did the wash?
7. noun An accumulation of something. The phrase is often hyphenated in this usage. I use so many products in my hair that I need to wash the build-up out at the end of the day. It looks like you've got a lot of build-up around the filter. It should run fine after I clean it.
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build someone or something up (into someone or something)

to develop or advance someone or something into a particular [desirable] kind of person or thing. The publicity people built her up into a singer whom everyone looked forward to hearing. The agent built up the local band into a top national act.
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build someone or something up

1. Lit. to make someone or something bigger or stronger. Tom is lifting weights to build himself up for basketball. Tom needs to build up his upper body.
2. Fig. to advertise, praise, or promote someone or something. Theatrical agents work very hard to build up their clients. Advertising can build a product up so much that everyone will want it.
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build someone up (for something)

Fig. to prepare someone for something; to bring a person into a state of mind to accept some information. We built them up for the challenge they were to face. We had to build up the woman before breaking the bad news.
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build something up

1. Lit. to add buildings to an area of land or a neighborhood. They are really building this area up. There is no more open space. They built up the area over the years.
2. Fig. to develop, accumulate, or increase something, such as wealth, business, goodwill, etc. I built this business up through hard work and hope. She built up a good business over the years.
3. Fig. to praise or exalt something; to exaggerate the virtues of something. The master of ceremonies built the act up so much that everyone was disappointed when they saw it. He built up the act too much.
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build up

to increase; to develop. The storm clouds are building up. Better close the windows.
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build up

1. Fill an area with houses or other buildings, urbanize. For example, We want to protect the wetlands against those who want to build up the area. [c. 1400]
2. Gradually develop, increase in stages. For example, I want to build up my endurance for the race. [Early 1700s]
3. Accumulate or collect, as in A lot of rust has built up on the farm machinery. [Mid-1900s]
4. Increase, strengthen, develop toward, as in The sound built up until it was nearly deafening, or His argument was building up to a grand climax. [c. 1930]
5. Establish or enhance a reputation; praise or flatter. For example, Months before the official campaign could begin, they had been building up the senator's image . [c. 1930]
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build up

1. To develop or increase something in stages or by degrees: I'm building up my endurance for the big race by running every day. We built the family business up over many years.
2. To accumulate, collect or increase: Sediment is building up on the riverbank.
3. To become bigger, stronger, or bulkier, especially through exercise: I need to build up if I'm going to make the football team this year.
4. To bolster something: The company plans to build up their new product with a big advertising campaign. The interview went well and built up my hopes for getting the job.
5. To fill some region with buildings: There was a forest here before they started building up the area. The developer bought the farmland and built it up.
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Undoubtedly, businesses will argue that employees should not be taxed on cash value buildup until the employee actually receives it.
Also, providing funds in this manner may be preferable to having the corporation own the insurance, because the buildup in the policy may add to alternative minimum tax problems.
Torque buildup time also had a significant effect on PIN [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 4 OMITTED].
A common way to suppress die lip buildup is to blend into the base resin an incompatible processing aid in concentrations on the order of parts-per-million.
Sometimes lower die temperatures can create a cool layer of resin on the inner surface of the die that creeps slowly to the die exit and then separates from the bulk flow, causing buildup.
The defense buildup proceeded without any clearly defined sense of strategy or purpose; the Pentagon was racked by some of the most severe procurement scandals in its history; and the defense budget and programs that he bequeathed to his successor, Frank Carlucci, were so far out of balance that his five-year plan had a shortfall of $500 billion.
By applying Samsung's new TECOF package, the thermal emissions from the DDI are quickly released via the metal tape, minimizing heat buildup.
If you allow the buildup to continue, the sand will throw the track.
Thermally stable to 700 F, providing multiple releases with no mold buildup or transfer to the part.
ALZHEIMER'S DEVELOPMENT: The buildup of toxic proteins in the brains of Alzheimer's patients is accompanied by changes in several genes linked to memory and learning, according to a new study in the latest issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.
A team of researchers in the United States, Austria, and Italy discovered this oddity as part of a study of atherosclerosis--the buildup of fatty plaques in arteries--and other health problems in randomly chosen volunteers in Italy.
stated that metal finning and buildup are problems related to furnace linings.
However, it was found that the abrasion action of the Taber abrader caused a gummy buildup on the test surface of MPE-C which self lubricated the sample allowing for a lower volume loss.