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2 definitions found
 for build up
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  build up
      v 1: enlarge, develop, or increase by degrees or in stages;
           "build up your savings"
      2: form or accumulate steadily; "Resistance to the manager's
         plan built up quickly"; "Pressure is building up at the
         Indian-Pakistani border" [syn: build up, work up,
         build, progress]
      3: prepare oneself for a military confrontation; "The U.S. is
         girding for a conflict in the Middle East"; "troops are
         building up on the Iraqi border" [syn: arm, build up,
         fortify, gird] [ant: demilitarise, demilitarize,
      4: bolster or strengthen; "We worked up courage"; "build up
         confidence"; "ramp up security in the airports" [syn: build
         up, work up, build, ramp up]
      5: change the use of and make available or usable; "develop
         land"; "The country developed its natural resources"; "The
         remote areas of the country were gradually built up" [syn:
         build up, develop]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  138 Moby Thesaurus words for "build up":
     add to, advertise, agent provocateur, aggrandize, aggravate,
     amplify, annoy, assemble, augment, ballyhoo, bark, bill, bloat,
     blow up, boost, broaden, build, bulk, bulk out, bulletin,
     burlesque, caricature, carry too far, circularize, combine,
     compose, consist of, constitute, construct, crescendo, cry, cry up,
     deepen, deteriorate, develop, dilate, distend, draw the longbow,
     embitter, embody, enhance, enlarge, enter into, establish,
     exacerbate, exaggerate, exalt, exasperate, expand, extend,
     fabricate, fatten, fill out, form, give a write-up, give publicity,
     go into, go to extremes, heat up, heighten, hike, hike up, hot up,
     huff, hyperbolize, incorporate, increase, inflate, intensify,
     irritate, jack up, join, jump up, lay it on, lengthen, magnify,
     make, make acute, make much of, make up, make worse, maximize,
     merge in, mix, organize, overcharge, overdo, overdraw,
     overestimate, overpraise, overreach, overreact, oversell,
     overspeak, overstate, overstress, parlay, piece together,
     pile it on, placard, plug, post, post bills, post up, press-agent,
     promote, provoke, publicize, puff, puff up, pump, pump up,
     put together, put up, pyramid, raise, rarefy, sell, set up,
     sharpen, sour, spiel, stretch, stretch the truth, structure,
     sufflate, swell, synthesize, talk big, talk in superlatives,
     thicken, tout, travesty, unite in, up, widen, worsen, write up

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