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present tense
I/you/we/theystack up
he/she/itstacks up
present participlestacking up
past tensestacked up
past participlestacked up

Related meanings

  1. 1
    [intransitive] to increase continuously in a way that seems threatening

    Despite the evidence stacking up against her, she still denies the claims.

  2. 2
    [transitive] same as stack2 (sense 1)

    The books had been stacked up in neat piles.

  3. 3
    [transitive] same as stack2 (sense 2)

    She stacked the dishes up on the draining board.

  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] to fly above or below other planes while waiting to land

    High winds forced planes to stack up over Heathrow Airport.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of stack up
  5. 5
    [intransitive] informal to appear good, bad etc when compared with someone or something else

    Teachers will know how they stack up against national standards.

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