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English definition of “build-up”

build-up

noun [C usually singular] (PREPARATION)    /ˈbɪld.ʌp/ UK
the period of preparation before something happens : There was a lot of excitement in the build-up to the Olympics .PreparingPreceding and introducing
(Definition of build-up noun (PREPARATION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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