build up

phrasal verb
Word forms "build up":
present tense I/you/we/they build up he/she/it builds up present participle building up past tense built up past participle built up
1) [intransitive/transitive]
same as build I, 3)

Don't allow resentment to build up between you and your partner.

These exercises are good for building up leg strength.


Collocations:
Nouns frequently used as objects of build up
▪  confidence, expertise, immunity, profile, reputation, resistance, stamina, strength Nouns frequently used as subjects of build up
▪  frustration, pressure, resentment, tension
2) [transitive]
same as build I, 2)

Stevens played a key role in building up the company.

3) [transitive] to talk about someone or something in a very positive way so that people are impressed with them

They've built him up to be something that he isn't.

4) [transitive] to make someone bigger, healthier, and stronger, especially by making them eat more

You need lots of fresh fruit to help build you up.

5) build up someone's hopes to make someone think that something good is going to happen when in fact it is very unlikely

I don't want to build up her hopes if he's not coming back.

See:

English dictionary. 2014.

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