build on/upon

Definition of build on/upon

  1. 1 :  to use (something that has been done in the past) as a basis for further work, development, etc. These classes will help students build on what they already know. building upon past experiences/successes

  2. 2 :  to develop or create (something) by using (something else) as its basis He built his theory on recent studies. Their theory is built upon her research.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to form by ordering and uniting materials by gradual means into a composite whole :  construct

    :  to cause to be constructed

    :  to develop according to a systematic plan, by a definite process, or on a particular base

  1. :  form or mode of structure :  make

    :  bodily conformation of a person or animal

  1. :  on

  1. :  on the surface :  on it

    :  thereafter, thereon

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a brief usually trivial fact

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