Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb build-up

5 senses of build up

Sense 1
build up -- (enlarge, develop, or increase by degrees or in stages; "build up your savings")
       => increase -- (make bigger or more; "The boss finally increased her salary"; "The university increased the number of students it admitted")

Sense 2
build up, work up, build, progress -- (form or accumulate steadily; "Resistance to the manager's plan built up quickly"; "Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border")
       => develop -- (grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment; "A flower developed on the branch"; "The country developed into a mighty superpower"; "The embryo develops into a fetus"; "This situation has developed over a long time")

Sense 3
arm, build up, fortify, gird -- (prepare oneself for a military confrontation; "The U.S. is girding for a conflict in the Middle East"; "troops are building up on the Iraqi border")

Sense 4
build up, work up, build, ramp up -- (bolster or strengthen; "We worked up courage"; "build up confidence"; "ramp up security in the airports")
       => increase -- (make bigger or more; "The boss finally increased her salary"; "The university increased the number of students it admitted")

Sense 5
build up, develop -- (change the use of and make available or usable; "develop land"; "The country developed its natural resources"; "The remote areas of the country were gradually built up")
       => better, improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorate -- (to make better; "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes")

Antonyms of adj built-up

1 sense of built-up

Sense 1
built-up -- (peopled with settlers; "the built-up areas")

INDIRECT (VIA settled) -> unsettled -- (not settled or established; "an unsettled lifestyle")

Similarity of adj built-up

1 sense of built-up

Sense 1
built-up -- (peopled with settlers; "the built-up areas")
       => settled (vs. unsettled) -- (established in a desired position or place; not moving about; "nomads...absorbed among the settled people"; "settled areas"; "I don't feel entirely settled here"; "the advent of settled civilization")

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