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build (sb/sth) up

verb uk phrasal verb with build   /bɪld/ (built, built) us  
C1 to increase or become larger or stronger, or to cause someone or something to do this: Tension is building up between the two communities. They gave him soup to build up his strength. It took her ten years to build up her publishing business.
Translations of “build (sb/sth) up”
in Chinese (Traditional) 增強,加強, 增大…
in Chinese (Simplified) 增强,加强, 增大…
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