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[bild-uhp] /ˈbɪldˌʌp/
a building up, as of military forces; increase in amount or number.
a process of growth; strengthening; development:
the buildup of heavy industry.
an accumulation, as of a particular type of material:
a buildup of salt deposits.
an increase, as in potential, intensity, or pressure:
A buildup of suspense began halfway through the movie.
a progressive or sequential development:
the buildup of helium atoms from hydrogen.
praise or publicity designed to enhance a reputation or popularize someone or something:
The studio spent $100,000 on the new star's buildup.
a process of preparation designed to make possible the achievement of an ultimate objective:
a lengthy buildup to a sales pitch.
encouragement; a psychological lift:
Every time I need a buildup, I look at her picture.
Also, build-up.
Origin of buildup
1925-30, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase build up Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Water plants keep ponds shaded, protecting them from heat buildup that stimulates algae growth.
  • Volcanologists thought that the buildup to a major eruption would take centuries.
  • Few events in the history of science have had a bigger buildup.
  • Obscured by all the commotion was the fact that, in this cold-war buildup, the weakest arm may still make all the difference.
  • So overwhelming was the buildup, many listeners were turned off before really giving their music a chance.
  • Boxers will play up ethnic differences during a fight's buildup because it helps to sell tickets.
  • Theories ranged from the emergence of an unknown infectious disease to the buildup of pesticides in the vultures' tissues.
  • White vinegar and lemon juice cut through greasy or waxy buildup, leaving the home smelling fresh and clean.
  • Dogs don't metabolize and excrete theobromine as fast as humans, causing toxic buildup in the blood.
  • Also, with this game, there's obviously a lot of buildup.
Slang definitions & phrases for buildup


  1. Publicity and other provisions for introducing a new product, entertainer, etc: the buildup for a concert (1920s+)
  2. The careful preparation of a potential customer or victim (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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