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According to WordNet, the verb "build_up" has 5 sense(s).
201087197 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".
200171852 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".
200252990 form or accumulate steadily; "Resistance to the manager's plan built up quickly"; "Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border".
200154608 enlarge, develop, or increase by degrees or in stages; "build up your savings".
200253277 bolster or strengthen; "We worked up courage"; "build up confidence"; "ramp up security in the airports".
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