from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or process of amassing or increasing: a military buildup; a buildup of tension during the strike.
  • n. The result of building up: a pipe clogged by rust buildup.
  • n. Widely favorable publicity, especially by a systematic campaign: The new movie was given a tremendous buildup in the media.
  • n. Extravagant praise.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An accumulation; an increase; a gradual development.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the act of building up an accumulation.
  • n. the events, such as advertising or publicity, causing increased interest in some coming event.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the result of the process of accumulation
  • n. highly favorable publicity and praise
  • n. the act of building up an accumulation
  • v. enlarge, develop, or increase by degrees or in stages
  • v. change the use of and make available or usable
  • v. prepare oneself for a military confrontation
  • v. form or accumulate steadily
  • v. bolster or strengthen


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