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Meaning of BUILD UP

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  1. [v]  enlarge or increase; "build up excitement"
  2. [v]  grow or intensify; "Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border"
  3. [v]  form steadily; "Resistance to the manager's plan built up quickly"
  4. [v]  increase or strengthen gradually; "This investment is building interest"; "We worked up courage"
  5. [v]  prepare oneselg for a military confrontation; "The U.S. is girding for a conflict in the Middle East"
 Synonyms: arm, build, fortify, gird, progress, work up
 Antonyms: demilitarise, demilitarize, disarm
 See Also: develop, forearm, grow, increase, rearm, re-arm



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