Synonyms and Antonyms of build up
to become greater in extent, volume, amount, or number
- Static electricity built up on the cat's fur.
accelerate, accumulate, appreciate, balloon, boom, burgeon (also bourgeon), climb, enlarge, escalate, expand, gain, increase, mount, multiply, mushroom, proliferate, rise, roll up, snowball, spread, swell, wax
jump, rocket, skyrocket, surge
heighten, intensify, redouble
blow up, bulk, distend, inflate, puff (up)
crescendo, crest, peak
to gradually increase in
- The roller coaster built up momentum.
double (in), triple (in)
accrue, accumulate, amass
enhance, enlarge, enrich, expand, extend, maximize
boost, elevate, jack (up), mount, ramp (up), step up
to gradually form into a layer, pile, or mass
- evidence that the toxic chemical builds up in the bloodstream to unhealthy levels
to make greater in size, amount, or number
- He patiently built up his coin collection over several decades.
- The young stockbroker worked hard to build up a clientele.
accelerate, add (to), aggrandize, amplify, augment, boost, compound, enlarge, escalate, expand, extend, hype, increase, multiply, pump up, raise, supersize, swell, up
boom, jump, skyrocket, spike
bump (up), ratchet (up) also
blow up, dilate, distend, inflate
draw out, elongate, flesh (out), lengthen, prolong, protract, stretch
develop, enhance, heighten, intensify, magnify
beef (up), reinforce (also reenforce), strengthen
accumulate, amass, collect
follow up, parlay
abate, decrease, de-escalate, diminish, downsize, dwindle, lessen, lower, minify, reduce, subtract (from)