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  1. [verb] enlarge, develop, or increase by degrees or in stages; "build up your savings"

  2. [verb] form or accumulate steadily; "Resistance to the manager's plan built up quickly"; "Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border"
    Synonyms: work up, build, progress

  3. [verb] prepare oneself for a military confrontation; "The U.S. is girding for a conflict in the Middle East"; "troops are building up on the Iraqui border"
    Synonyms: arm, fortify, gird

  4. [verb] bolster or strengthen; "We worked up courage"; "build up confidence"; "ramp up security in the airports"
    Synonyms: work up, build, ramp up

  5. [verb] change the use of and make available or usable; "develop land"; "The country developed its natural resources"; "The remote areas of the country were gradually built up"
    Synonyms: develop


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