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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Drugstore owners and other health providers are looking for ways to diversify, bulk up and insulate themselves against external threats, including from Amazon.com Inc. Dana Cimilluca, WSJ, "Walgreens, Humana Are in Preliminary Talks to Take Stakes in Each Other," 20 Nov. 2018 That is why global drinks companies are bulking up the premium parts of their portfolios and why sales of cheaper liquors are suffering. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Liquor Deal Will Give Diageo a Slight Hangover," 12 Nov. 2018 Hazard might not have European competitions to bulk up his haul, however. Rob Harris, The Seattle Times, "Hazard inspires Chelsea recovery, shows what team could miss," 17 Sep. 2018 Tanks, too, will likely bulk up, which is something expeditionary armies like the U.S. Army that must haul their fighting vehicles thousands of miles to distant battlefields won’t like. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Stealth Tanks Are Coming," 7 Aug. 2018 Has a nice aggressive nature but lacks experience (one year as a starter) and will need to bulk up. Nora Princiotti, BostonGlobe.com, "Scouting the 2018 NFL Draft, position by position," 24 Apr. 2018 The Mount Prospect resident and Purdue recruit bulked up last offseason and showed the type of bat speed and run production that separated him from competitors. Jon J. Kerr, chicagotribune.com, "Pioneer Press 2018 All-Area baseball First Team," 21 June 2018 Constant stirring is a good time to practice deep breathing while also bulking up your arm muscles. Emma Wartzman, Bon Appetit, "The Shrimpiest Shrimp Risotto That Ever Shrimped," 13 Mar. 2018 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

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First Known Use of bulk up

1979, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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