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build up

  • 1 build up
    (gas, silt, deposits)
    s'accumuler
    (traffic)
    s'intensifier
    (business, trade)
    se développer
    (tension, pressure, excitement)
    monter
  • 2 build up [something], build [something] up 2.1 (accumulate)
    accumuler (weapons, wealth)
    2.2 (boost)
    établir (self-confidence, trust)
    gonfler (morale)
    don't build your hopes up too high
    ne te fais pas d'illusions
    2.3 (establish)
    constituer (collection)
    créer (business, organization)
    constituer (army)
    établir (picture, profile)
    créer (database)
    se faire (reputation)
    the college built up a large library
    le collège s'est constitué une importante bibliothèque
  • 3 build [something/somebody] up, build up [something/somebody] 3.1 (through eating, exercise)
    affermir (muscles)
    to build up one's forearms
    se muscler les avant-bras
    to build oneself up, to build up one's strength
    3.2 (promote) they built him up to be a star
    ils l'ont présenté comme si c'était une vedette
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build-up
American English: /ˈbɪldˌəp/

noun

  • 1 (increase) (in tartar, deposits)
    (in traffic) intensification (f) (of de)
    (in weapons, stocks) accumulation (f) (of de)
    (in tension, excitement) accroissement (m) (of de)
    a build-up of carbon dioxide
    une augmentation du taux de bioxide de carbone
    a military build-up
    une concentration de troupes
    a build-up of pressures within the government
    une intensification des pressions à l'intérieur du gouvernement
  • 2 (publicity)
    uncountable
    préparatifs mpl
    the build-up to something
    les préparatifs de quelque chose
    to give something a good build-up
    faire du battage (informal) autour de quelque chose

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