buildup

noun build·up \ ˈbild-ˌəp \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

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.

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First Known Use of buildup

1926


build up

verb

Definition of build up

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

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First Known Use of build up

1555


BUILDUP Defined for English Language Learners

buildup

noun

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


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