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English definition of “build-up”

build-up

noun [C usually singular] (INCREASE)    /ˈbɪld.ʌp/
an increase , especially one that is gradual : The build-up of troops in the region makes war seem more likely .Increasing and intensifying
(Definition of build-up noun (INCREASE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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