bulk up

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
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First Known Use of bulk up

1979, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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15 Jun 2022

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“Bulk up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulk%20up. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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