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
There is a big traffic buildup on the highway.
You should clean the mechanism regularly to prevent buildup of dirt.
Both players were given big buildups before the game.
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Utility Dive noted earlier this month that Kemper’s gasifiers have suffered leaks and ash buildup.
Jaundice is usually related to the baby’s liver Jaundice, which occurs in up to 60% of newborns, occurs when a baby’s blood contains a buildup of bilirubin—a yellow-colored pigment that’s formed when red blood cells break down.
Mitchell, the former 6-foot-3 star guard for Louisville, wanted to focus on each workout in the buildup to the draft.
Fisher also suffered from a fatty tissue buildup in the walls of her arteries, the Los Angeles County coroner's office reported.
Fast-forward to the present: Next week’s NBA Draft and the buildup to it have been hijacked by shameless self-promoter LaVar Ball.
Staff must check the water pumps and motors on fountains, and power wash structures to prevent algae buildup.
Your affinity for action and movement feeds off of Mars’ influence and the buildup to this Sagittarius full moon.
The 1980s recovery was bolstered by heavy federal spending, and not only on the massive Reagan military buildup.
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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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