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Definition of “build-up” - Learner’s Dictionary

build-up

noun [singular]     /ˈbɪldʌp/
a slow increase in something: the build-up of trafficBecoming biggerEnlarging and inflating
the build-up to sth UK
the period of preparation before something happens: There was a lot of excitement in the build-up to the Olympics.Preparing
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