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build-up

noun [C usually singular] uk   /ˈbɪld.ʌp/ us  

build-up noun [C usually singular] (INCREASE)

an increase, especially one that is gradual: The build-up of troops in the region makes war seem more likely.

build-up noun [C usually singular] (PRAISE)

a situation in which someone or something is praised, advertised, or talked about on the internet, in newspapers, etc.: The group got a big build-up before their tour, being touted by many as the next Beatles.

build-up noun [C usually singular] (PREPARATION)

UK the period of preparation before something happens: There was a lot of excitement in the build-up to the Olympics.
Translations of “build-up”
in Chinese (Traditional) 增加, 增強,加強, 增大…
in Russian усиление, увеличение…
in Turkish artış, birikim, çoğalma…
in Chinese (Simplified) 增加, 增强,加强, 增大…
in Polish wzrost, nasilenie się…
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