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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
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.
Americanism; noun use of verb phrase
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Word Origin & History
1927, "accumulation of positive publicity," from
. Of any accumulation (but especially military) from 1943.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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"To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace."
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