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English verb: build up

1. build up (change) enlarge, develop, or increase by degrees or in stages

SamplesBuild up your savings.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)increase

2. build up (change) form or accumulate steadily

SamplesResistance to the manager's plan built up quickly.
Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border.

Synonymsbuild, progress, work up

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)develop

Verb groupbuild, build, build up, ramp up, work up

3. build up (competition) prepare oneself for a military confrontation

SamplesThe U.S. is girding for a conflict in the Middle East.
Troops are building up on the Iraqi border.

Synonymsarm, fortify, gird

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Narrower (hyponym)forearm, re-arm, rearm

Antonymsdisarm, demilitarise, demilitarize

4. build up (change) bolster or strengthen

SamplesWe worked up courage.
Build up confidence.
Ramp up security in the airports.

Synonymsbuild, ramp up, work up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)increase

Verb groupbuild, build up, progress, work up

5. build up (change) change the use of and make available or usable

SamplesDevelop land.
The country developed its natural resources.
The remote areas of the country were gradually built up.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate

Narrower (hyponym)redevelop, settle

Verb groupdevelop, develop, develop, develop, educate, make grow, modernise, modernize, prepare, train

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