buildup Definition

  • 1the gradual accumulation or increase of something, especially when it causes a problem or is unwanted
  • 2a gradual increase in the level of something, especially noise

Using buildup: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "buildup" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The buildup of stress can lead to health problems.

  • Example

    There was a buildup of traffic on the highway.

  • Example

    The buildup of bacteria in the pipes caused the blockage.

  • Example

    The buildup of tension between the two countries led to war.

buildup Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for buildup

Phrases with buildup

  • the process of increasing muscle mass through exercise and diet


    He has been working out regularly to achieve muscle buildup.

  • the accumulation of plaque on teeth or arteries, which can lead to health problems


    Regular brushing and flossing can prevent plaque buildup on teeth.

  • the accumulation of earwax in the ear canal, which can cause hearing problems


    Using cotton swabs to clean the ears can lead to earwax buildup.


Summary: buildup in Brief

The term 'buildup' [ˈbɪldʌp] refers to the gradual accumulation or increase of something, often leading to problems or unwanted situations. It can be used to describe traffic, stress, bacteria, and tension, among others. 'Buildup' extends into phrases like 'muscle buildup,' 'plaque buildup,' and 'earwax buildup,' denoting the gradual accumulation of specific substances. Informally, 'buildup' can be replaced by 'pile-up' or 'jam.'

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