build onto (something)

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build onto (something)

To use something as a foundation and expand or construct additional elements to it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "build" and "onto." This kitchen is far too small—we'll need to build an addition onto it. Many were opposed to the city's plan of building onto the ancient church.
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A statement said he is expected to "build onto the hotel's strong profile of accounts and accelerate sales operations by retaining customer loyalty and team motivation, in addition to expanding the hotel's profile across the Middle East".
Then watch as successive generations build onto it, gradually adding rooms.
The new congress hall at Murcia in south-east Spain complements an existing auditorium, but the two are not physically joined because the auditorium is highly specific and triangular in plan, rebuffing any attempt to build onto it.