buildup

noun build·up \ ˈbild-ˌəp \
|Updated on: 11 Jul 2018

Definition of buildup

1 : something produced by building up
  • fluid buildup in the lungs
2 : the act or process of building up

Examples of buildup in a Sentence

  1. There is a big traffic buildup on the highway.

  2. You should clean the mechanism regularly to prevent buildup of dirt.

  3. Both players were given big buildups before the game.

Recent Examples of buildup from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'buildup.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of buildup

1926

in the meaning defined at sense 1

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

build up

verb

Definition of build up

1 : to develop gradually by increments
  • building up endurance
  • built up a library
2 : to promote the health, strength, esteem, or reputation of
: to accumulate or develop appreciably

builder-upper

play \ˈbil-dər-ˈə-pər\ noun

Examples of build up in a Sentence

  1. static electricity built up on the cat's fur

  2. the roller coaster built up momentum

Recent Examples of build up from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'build up.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of build up

1555

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

BUILDUP Defined for English Language Learners

buildup

Definition of buildup for English Language Learners

  • : an increase in something that occurs as time passes

  • : things that are said to cause people to feel excited about something (such as a future event) or someone (such as a performer)

  • : a series of things that lead to an important event or occurrence


Learn More about buildup


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up buildup? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a simultaneous discharge of guns

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Obscure Shapes

  • a-pile-of-three-dimensional-shapes-in-green
  • Something that is ooid is shaped like:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!