Synonyms of build-up
1 increaseDictionary • a build-up of troops
increase • a sharp increase in productivity
development • the development of the embryo
growth • the unchecked growth of the country's population
expansion • the rapid expansion of private health insurance
enlargement • There is insufficient space for the enlargement of the buildings.
escalation • a sudden escalation of unrest in the south-eastern region
upsurge • an upsurge in oil prices
intensification • the intensification of violent rebel attacks
augmentation • the augmentation of the army
2 accumulationDictionary • a build-up of gases in the city's sewers
accumulation • The rate of accumulation decreases with time.
accretion • The larger the animal, the greater the accretion of poison in the fat.
3 hypeDictionary • the build-up for the film
hype • There was a lot of hype before the film came out.
promotion • The company spent a lot of money on advertising and promotion.
publicity • Much advance publicity was given to the talks.
plug (informal) • The show was little more than a plug for her new film.
puff • an elaborate puff for his magazine
ballyhoo (informal) • a big ballyhoo in the press
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accretionAn accretion is an addition to something, usually one that has been added over a period of time.
• The larger the animal, the greater the accretion of poison in the fat.
accumulationAccumulation is the collecting together of things over a period of time.
• The rate of accumulation decreases with time.
augmentationTo augment something means to make it larger, stronger, or more effective by adding something to it. (noun)
• the augmentation of the army
Thesaurus for build-up from the Collins English Thesaurus
to construct gradually, systematically, and in stages
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