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  • v. To accumulate, to pile up, to increase in stages
  • v. To strengthen
  • n. Alternative form of buildup.


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  • In our assembly-plant survey of the transplants in North America and Europe, we found strong evidence that those plants that perform best are those with a very strong Japanese management presence in the early years of operations, and those that have moved slowly and methodically to build up their domestic supply base.

    The Machine That Changed the World

  • That the alleged cures are genuine is a matter for debate, but the amazement of the crowds is mostly real enough, and word-of-mouth does much to build up the reputation of the wonder-worker.

    The Templar Revelation

  • When the immune system attacks the perceived threat, white blood cells build up on the walls of the small intestine, resulting in painful, and occasionally deadly, inflammations.

    The Panic Virus

  • But when we go on tour I will be such a nice, sweet, charming, beautiful person Joe McIntyre will fall in love with me, not love at first sight but a strong friendship that will build up to an everlasting love.


  • She encouraged him to build up his lust for her until it could not be contained any longer, but refused to give herself to him until he gave her his secrets—a clear reference to the sexual nature of alchemical initiation12.

    The Templar Revelation

  • But would being bossed around by Salman and his family while she waited for Amma and Abbu to build up the jahez month by month be any better?

    Beneath My Mother’s Feet

  • It became evident that the power of the Estates must be crushed and the people forced to pay their taxes regularly, before the Hohenzollerns could obtain firm possession of their newly acquired domain, establish their authority in Pomerania, and then build up their power in the Baltic coast lands in the valleys of the Oder and Vistula.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • After that, Gordon could build up an army of Sudanese troops, sack their corrupt Egyptian officers, read out the firman announcing the withdrawal, and hand over control to Zubair Pasha.

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • For Gemini, “Tony Jenzano was excellent at helping build up simulations,” Armstrong recalls.

    First Man

  • Stu Spencer said that if we kept challenging him to a debate, sufficient public pressure would eventually build up on him and he would be forced into a debate; but from our point of view, the timing of the debate was critical: The closer it was to election day, the more impact it would have.

    An American Life


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