Definition of buildup in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbildˌəp/


[usually in singular]
1A gradual accumulation or increase, typically of something negative and typically leading to a problem or crisis: the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere
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  • It's an inflammatory bone condition that causes a build-up of poisons that erupt into painful skin abscesses.
  • But the more it goes on, the more it encourages a build-up of household debt.
  • The use of sprays can lead to an indoor build-up of large quantities of carcinogenic vapours.
increase, growth, expansion, escalation, development, proliferation
accumulation, accretion
2A period of excitement and preparation in advance of a significant event: the buildup to Christmas
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  • This was reported when his Bulls teammate was at the centre of a race row in the build-up to last year's World Cup.
  • Parents undergo their own share of stress as the build-up to exam-time takes its toll.
  • In the build-up to the new season a contingent of York players took part in the Bradford Chess Congress.
2.1A favorable description in advance; publicity: a showbiz buildup before the album release
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  • A commentary, interview segments, story discussions, anything would be greatly appreciated; either as buildups to watching the film, or for contrast and thought stimulation following.
  • Avoid big buildups that may leave you disappointing the audience.
  • The buildups and the interjections seem so well choreographed; it kills a little bit of the wonder.

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Syllabification: build·up

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