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build up
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  • 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
  • bolster or strengthen
    • We worked up courage
    • build up confidence
    • ramp up security in the airports
  • 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
  • form or accumulate steadily
    • Resistance to the manager's plan built up quickly
    • Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border
  • enlarge, develop, or increase by degrees or in stages
    • build up your savings
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