build up


build up

verb

Definition of BUILD UP

1
to become greater in extent, volume, amount, or number <static electricity built up on the cat's fur>
2
to gradually increase in <the roller coaster built up momentum>
Synonyms build up, gather, grow (in), pick up
Near Antonyms abate, decline (in), diminish (in), dip, dwindle, fall (in), lessen, taper, taper off
Antonyms decrease (in), lose
3
to gradually form into a layer, pile, or mass <evidence that the toxic chemical builds up in the bloodstream to unhealthy levels>
Related Words agglutinate, clump, lump; bank, drift, ridge
Near Antonyms disperse, dissipate, scatter
4
to make greater in size, amount, or number <he patiently built up his coin collection over several decades> <the young stockbroker worked hard to build up a clientele>

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