build·​up | \ ˈbild-ˌəp How to pronounce buildup (audio) \

Definition of buildup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

build up

built up; building up; builds up

Definition of build up (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from buildup


builder-upper \ ˈbil-​dər-​ˈə-​pər How to pronounce build up (audio) \ noun

Examples of buildup in a Sentence

Noun 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. Verb static electricity built up on the cat's fur the roller coaster built up momentum
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Those choices include accelerating the military drawdown and withdrawal from Afghanistan and heavy investment in Ukraine’s military capabilities in the buildup to and throughout Russia’s invasion earlier this year. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 10 May 2022 Senior shortstop MaryJane Goodman learned a lot about Title IX in the buildup to Saturday’s 50-year anniversary celebration at Richards. Tony Baranek, Chicago Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 Tensions and clashes around the same compound played a central role in the buildup to an 11-day war last May between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza. New York Times, 15 Apr. 2022 There is also the risk of Russia employing cyber warfare to attack Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, after a number of small hacks in the buildup to the war. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 2 Apr. 2022 Each of the four teams that visited with Watson in the buildup to his decision had to present a trade proposal to the Texans to get a meeting with the quarterback, ESPN reported. Nate Ulrich, USA TODAY, 17 Mar. 2022 Members of the National Guard were training there with Ukrainian forces up until February, until Washington ordered U.S. troops to leave the country in the buildup to the Russian onslaught. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022 The British government said Abramovich has obtained financial benefits from Putin's administration, including contracts in the buildup to Russia hosting the 2018 World Cup. Rob Harris, Chron, 10 Mar. 2022 Russia has significant hacking capabilities: wiper attacks hit a Ukrainian bank in the buildup to the invasion and government websites were knocked offline. Matt Burgess, Wired, 27 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Over time, this decreases the company’s leverage, which helps build up equity. David W. Mccombie Iii, Forbes, 16 May 2022 Also, charcoal works to detoxify the hair, reducing flakiness and reducing build up of dirt and sebum on the hair and scalp. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 May 2022 Where this makeup sponge fell short is when our tester — who has oily skin and hyperpigmentation — tried to build up the coverage of the foundation on her skin with this sponge. Madison Yauger,, 16 May 2022 In 2020, when MicroStrategy started to build up its Bitcoin reserves and Saylor himself bought 17,732 Bitcoin tokens below $10,000—a bet that is still holding up. Fortune, 13 May 2022 The Seawolves hockey team continued to build up its roster for its first season since being reinstated by bringing in a trio of goaltenders. Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, 9 May 2022 California depends on storms and wintertime precipitation to build up snowpack in the Sierra Nevada, which then gradually melts during the spring and replenishes reservoirs. Rachel Ramirez, CNN, 7 May 2022 The best way to break in any hiking shoe or boot is to build up your time wearing them. Lauren Breedlove, Travel + Leisure, 6 May 2022 The Canadian e-commerce upstart unveiled a bold plan earlier this year to build up its own logistics network to help its merchant partners better compete against . Dan Gallagher, WSJ, 5 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of buildup


1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1555, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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16 May 2022

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“Buildup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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