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Definition of build up phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

build up

 phrasal verb
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build up (to something)

 
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 to become greater, more powerful or larger in number All the pressure built up and he was off work for weeks with stress. The music builds up to a rousing climax. related noun build-up (1)

build somebody up

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build something up

 
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[usually passive] to give a very positive and enthusiastic description of somebody/something, often exaggerating your claims The play was built up to be a masterpiece but I found it very disappointing. related noun build-up (3)

build up somebody

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build up yourself

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build somebody up

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build yourself up

 
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to make somebody/yourself healthier or stronger You need more protein to build you up.
  1. 1  to create or develop something She's built up a very successful business. These finds help us build up a picture of life in the Middle Ages. I am anxious not to build up false hopes (= to encourage people to hope for too much). The gallery has built up a fine collection of contemporary art. We’ve built up good relationships with our clients.
  2. 2to make something higher or stronger than it was before The sea defences have been built up to ensure that such a disaster will not strike again.
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