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build on(to) (something)

To use something as a foundation and expand upon or add to it. A noun can be used between "build" and "on(to)." This kitchen is far too small—we'll need to build an addition onto it. And to build on Katie's point about romanticism in the text, the description of nature at the beginning of chapter 2 is a fine example of that.
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build (up)on something

1. to construct something on a particular space. (Upon is more formal and less commonly used than on.) Are you going to build upon this land? Yes, we will build on it.
2. to start with something and add to it. (Upon is more formal and less commonly used than on.) Our progress has been good so far. Let's build on it. We will build upon the success of our forebears.
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build something (up)on something

1. Lit. to construct something on the base of something else. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) The ancients built their houses upon the houses of earlier people.
2. Fig. to add to and develop something that already exists. We have a good reputation and we must build on it. He has to build on his strong friendships with the customers.
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build something on(to) something

 and build something on
to construct an extension onto a building. We are going to build a garage onto this side of the house. We will build on a new garage. The people next door are not going to build anything on.
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build on(to) something

 and build on
to add to something by constructing an extension. Do you plan to build onto this house? Yes, we are going to build on.
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build on

Also, build upon. Add as an extension; use as a basis or foundation. For example, They decided to build on an addition, or She was building all her hopes on passing the exam. John Locke had this idiom in his treatise on government (1689): "Sovereignty built on 'property' . . . comes to nothing." [Late 1600s]
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build on

or build upon
1. To construct something on the base of something else: She wants to build a new house on that hill. The pioneer built a small cabin upon the plain.
2. To use something as a basis or foundation on which to develop something else: The company built its hiring policy on the principle of fairness. The efficiency of our department is built on hard work.
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The four other options would include extensions built onto Ninian Park Primary in Grangetown and Butetown's Mount Stuart Primary, St Cuthbert's RC Primary and St Mary the Virgin Church in Wales Primary.
8 Cell Custodial Vehicle built onto a 7,5 tonne Chassis Cab with a nominal wheelbase of 3,6 to 3,9 metres.
TEN homes could be built onto a listed 19th Century mansion in Brighouse.
A public inquiry was held to decide whether an extension built onto a property at 33 Whinney Hill, Durham, which was built without planning permission, should be demolished.
For pushing long distances, thrust rings can be built onto the spigot ends of the pipe, allowing the transfer of up to 13.
Today Cisco is announcing that EMC Corporation and VERITAS are expected to be among the first companies to offer network-hosted storage applications built onto the Storage Services Module.
And one whose deliberate eccentricities extended into the presentation: Several of the drawings were mounted on a hinged, room-dividing screen, another on an easily overlooked faux chimney breast that she'd built onto one wall.
A purifier built onto the regulator output prevents contamination of the gas stream and serves as an early warning of impurities.
Two personal three-inch fans are built onto each side of the display of the Pro model.
Two wings were built onto the existing hotel adding 125 rooms.
V3 has also built onto the SMS service new features that can mimic web-browsing type capabilities.
Hard drives are added to the server via one of the removable drive racks that are built onto the unit.
Individual components of a sensor need not be large--in fact, dozens can be built onto a computer chip--and they can respond to odors in concentrations well below what the human olfactory system can detect.
In addition, an insert-loading frame can be built onto the side of the female mold so that while parts are being ejected and stacked, the male mold can move forward to receive a set of inserts quickly and automatically.