bulk up


Definition of bulk up 

intransitive verb

: to gain weight especially by becoming more muscular

transitive verb

: to cause to bulk up

Examples of bulk up in a Sentence

she bulked up her hair with one hand as she reached for the shears with the other

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Acquiring doctors of their own gives insurers a counterweight as hospitals bulk up. Zachary Tracer, Bloomberg.com, "30,000 Strong and Counting, UnitedHealth Gathers a Doctor Army," 9 Apr. 2018 During qualifying, he was occasionally deployed as a deep-lying forward in a 4-2-3-1, allowing Iceland to bulk up the midfield, and could be used there at the World Cup. Steve Douglas, chicagotribune.com, "World Cup Countdown: Iceland, the feel-good story looking to surprise again," 26 May 2018 The Orioles scored enough runs to win on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park, their power bats finally bulking up against one of the game’s top starters. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles' bullpen balloon bursts in 10-6 loss to Astros," 3 Apr. 2018 Nothing bulks up your luggage like a pair of your favorite jeans. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "Packing advice from a 365-days-a-year traveler," 24 Mar. 2018 As traditional television and movie habits shift, streaming media companies are racing to bulk up their programming (including snapping up talent for original programming). Sarah Gray, Fortune, "Hulu Is the Exclusive Streaming Home for 'Daria' and Other Viacom Properties," 25 June 2018 And with the National Retail Federation predicting that Americans will spend $2.6 billion on flowers this Mother's Day, florists are working overtime and bulking up their staffs to meet the demand. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "What's in a 2018 Mother's Day bouquet? Probably a dash of purple, some peonies and Dusty Miller," 10 May 2018 Japan is bulking up antiship and antiaircraft missile batteries and unifying its army command structure to facilitate quick deployment. Rob Taylor, WSJ, "Darwin Evolves: U.S. Military Turns Australian Outpost Into Asia Launchpad," 24 May 2018 In addition, the TSA will bulk up its Passenger Screening Canine (PSC) teams this summer, implementing 50 more teams at airports across the country from June to August. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Air Travel This Summer Is Going to Be Nuts," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of bulk up

1979, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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