bulk up

verb
bulked up; bulking up; bulks 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
Recent Examples on the Web The money would be used to build out the vaccine management system, bulk up transportation and storage supplies and expand a public education campaign, Newsom said during a news conference Monday. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus updates from the Bay Area: Dec. 31-Jan. 6," 14 Jan. 2021 Founded roughly four year ago by 20-year-olds Samir Vasavada and Runik Mehrotra, the company that raised its Series A round just some seven months ago is preparing once again to bulk up amid continued growth through the pandemic. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Vise, a company founded by two high-school graduates, raises $45 million in funding with Sequoia at the helm," 15 Dec. 2020 Farfetch—which appears to have approached Richemont rather than the other way around—may have good reason to bulk up now that Amazon has launched a rival platform called Luxury Stores. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Cartier’s Owner Spreads Its Bets Online," 6 Nov. 2020 Rocky was taken to a wildlife center to bulk up on mice and get healthy. Los Angeles Times, "An L.A. Metro sign in the desert? 2020 continues," 3 Dec. 2020 European rivals have since tried to bulk up to remain competitive, with France’s Worldline SA agreeing in February to buy Ingenico Group SA. Sonia Sirletti, Bloomberg.com, "Nexi Buys Nets in $9.2 Billion Deal to Create Payment Giant," 15 Nov. 2020 At 5-foot-7, Quawan had been trying to bulk up his slight 112-pound frame with weightlifting and peanut butter protein snacks. Washington Post, "Louisiana boy’s suspicious death leaves family asking if racial bias slowed police response," 13 Nov. 2020 After pleading unsuccessfully for the Corps to speed up the project’s sand-piling phase, the CPRA decided to go it alone, potentially spending up to $8 million on sand to bulk up the levee and shore. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, "'There's nothing protecting us' after Hurricane Zeta blasts through Grand Isle's levee," 2 Nov. 2020 At the same time, the technology, e-commerce, housing and consumer product industries have thrived as many Americans stay home and bulk up on health and cleaning items, leading companies such as Amazon and CVS to sharply step up hiring. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "'It's certainly going to get worse': Businesses plan more layoffs, hiring freezes in 2020 as COVID-19 escalates," 2 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of bulk up

1979, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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“Bulk up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulk%20up. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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