1. build up, increase

usage: enlarge, develop, or increase by degrees or in stages; "build up your savings"

2. build up, work up, build, progress, develop

usage: form or accumulate steadily; "Resistance to the manager's plan built up quickly"; "Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border"

3. arm, build up, fortify, gird

usage: prepare oneself for a military confrontation; "The U.S. is girding for a conflict in the Middle East"; "troops are building up on the Iraqi border"

4. build up, work up, build, ramp up, increase

usage: bolster or strengthen; "We worked up courage"; "build up confidence"; "ramp up security in the airports"

5. build up, develop, better, improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorate

usage: 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"


1. built-up, settled (vs. unsettled)

usage: peopled with settlers; "the built-up areas"

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