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build up (1)

Meaning: to work at something and make it get stronger or bigger

Synonym: develop

For example:

  • build up sth My son's going to the gym to build up his muscles. He wants to look good on the beach this summer.

  • build sth up Our market share has increased a lot over the last year, and you've all done your part to help build it up.

  • be building up I'm saving as much as I can, and my bank account is building up nicely.

Quick Quiz:

Our company started off as a small business, and we've built it up over the years and now it's
  1. a multi-national corporation
  2. as big as it was when we started
  3. even smaller than before

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