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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theybuild up to
he/she/itbuilds up to
present participlebuilding up to
past tensebuilt up to
past participlebuilt up to
  1. build up to something to gradually prepare yourself or someone else for something that you are going to say or do

    She'd been building up all week to telling them she was leaving.

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