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build up

Translation of build up in Spanish:

  • 1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (make bigger, stronger)
    (muscles)
    fortalecer
    to build up one's strength
    fortalecerse
    1.2 (accumulate)
    (supplies/experience)
    acumular
    (reserves)
    acrecentar
    they are building up their forces in the area
    están intensificando su presencia militar en la zona
    1.3 (develop)
    (reputation)
    forjarse
    (confidence)
    desarrollar
    (speed)
    agarrar or (Spain) coger
    to build up one's hopes
    hacerse ilusiones
    to build up the tension
    hacer que la tensión vaya en aumento
    they've built up a strong friendship
    se han hecho muy amigos
    he built the firm up from nothing
    levantó la empresa de la nada
    1.4 (praise) [colloquial]
    poner por las nubes [colloquial]
    they build you up and then they knock you down
    te ponen por las nubes y luego te echan por tierra [colloquial]
    he was built up to be the next world champion
    llegaron a decir que sería el próximo campeón mundial
  • 2verb + adverb 2.1 (accumulate)
    (dirt)
    acumularse
    juntarse
    irse acumulando or juntando
    their debts had built up
    sus deudas se habían ido acumulando
    2.2 (increase, develop)
    (pressure/noise)
    ir en aumento
    his resentment had built up
    había ido acumulando rencor
    to build up to somethingthe tension builds up to a climax
    la tensión va en aumento hasta llegar a un punto culminante
    I think he's building up to a nervous breakdown
    creo que va camino de una crisis nerviosa
    2.3 (grow up)
    (town/settlement)
    crecer
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