Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or process of amassing or increasing.
  • noun The result of building up.
  • noun Widely favorable publicity, especially by a systematic campaign.
  • noun Extravagant praise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

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Examples

  • Drama buildup is impeccable, despite the length of this three part series.

    Hussain Abdul-Hussain: Movie Review: Carlos

  • Drama buildup is impeccable, despite the length of this three part series.

    Hussain Abdul-Hussain: Movie Review: Carlos

  • Furthermore, Iran's current military buildup is based primarily on the perceived need to respond to the threatened US attack against that country, a concern made all the more real by the US invasion and occupation of two countries bordering Iran on both its east and west in recent years.

    Stephen Zunes: Arming the Saudis

  • Furthermore, Iran's current military buildup is based primarily on the perceived need to respond to the threatened US attack against that country, a concern made all the more real by the US invasion and occupation of two countries bordering Iran on both its east and west in recent years.

    Stephen Zunes: Arming the Saudis

  • Furthermore, Iran's current military buildup is based primarily on the perceived need to respond to the threatened US attack against that country, a concern made all the more real by the US invasion and occupation of two countries bordering Iran on both its east and west in recent years.

    Stephen Zunes: Arming the Saudis

  • Furthermore, Iran's current military buildup is based primarily on the perceived need to respond to the threatened US attack against that country, a concern made all the more real by the US invasion and occupation of two countries bordering Iran on both its east and west in recent years.

    Stephen Zunes: Arming the Saudis

  • In India, Pakistan 's weapons buildup is widely viewed as a security risk.

    Pakistan Looks For U.S. Deal

  • Actually, I think Obama's Afghan troop buildup is entirely practical – he's in a tough spot due to the terrible policies of the last administration and is finally putting our forces closer to where they need to be, not manufacturing evidence and making something out of nothing as Bush did with Iraq.

    Matalin: With Afghan surge, Obama resembles George W. Bush

  • Furthermore, Iran's current military buildup is based primarily on the perceived need to respond to the threatened US attack against that country, a concern made all the more real by the US invasion and occupation of two countries bordering Iran on both its east and west in recent years.

    Stephen Zunes: Arming the Saudis

  • BP interfered with critical efforts to lower an undersea robot to try to close the device that failed to stop the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill because of concerns over heat buildup from the burning rig, a salvage firm executive said Monday.

    Doug Martin: BP Interfered With Critical Efforts To Stop Gulf Oil Spill

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