build up - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb
present tense
I/you/we/theybuild up
he/she/itbuilds up
present participlebuilding up
past tensebuilt up
past participlebuilt up
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] same as build1 (sense 3)

    Don’t allow resentment to build up between you and your partner.

    These exercises are good for building up leg strength.

  2. 2
    [transitive] same as build1 (sense 2)

    Stevens played a key role in building up the company.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to talk about someone or something in a very positive way so that people are impressed with them

    They’ve built him up to be something that he isn’t.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to make someone bigger, healthier, and stronger, especially by making them eat more

    You need lots of fresh fruit to help build you up.

  5. 5
    build up someone’s hopes to make someone think that something good is going to happen when in fact it is very unlikely

    I don’t want to build up her hopes if he’s not coming back.

See also
See also main entry: build