build up

build up


Definition of BUILD UP

to become greater in extent, volume, amount, or number <static electricity built up on the cat's fur>
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
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
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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