build up
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build up(
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A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to develop)
a. desarrollar
Niall is taking boxing classes to build up his biceps.Niall está tomando clases de box para desarrollar sus bíceps.
b. forjarse
Angela spent five years building up her reputation as councillor before she ran for mayor.Ángela estuvo cinco años forjándose una reputación como concejal antes de postularse para alcaldesa.
c. tomar
The rocket built up speed as it escaped the Earth's atmosphere.El cohete tomó velocidad mientras abandonaba la atmósfera de la Tierra.
d. hacerse
Dan built up his hopes only to have them crushed when he found out she was married.Dan se hizo ilusiones y se le vinieron abajo cuando se enteró de que estaba casada.
2. (to make stronger)
a. ganar
If you want to take up running, you need to build up stamina gradually.Si quieres empezar a correr, tienes que ganar resistencia en forma gradual.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
It takes time to build up strength after you've had the flu.Recuperar la fuerza lleva tiempo después de una gripe.
Running every morning and swimming every afternoon is helping her to build up her strength.Correr cada mañana y nadar cada tarde la está ayudando a fortalecerse.
3. (to accumulate)
a. juntar
Alyssa saves 15% of every paycheck to build up money for retirement.Alyssa ahorra 15% de cada sueldo para juntar dinero para la jubilación.
b. acumular
Joyce started to build up debts when she lost her job.Joyce empezó a acumular deudas cuando se quedó sin trabajo.
4. (to make)
a. levantar
Rafael built up his insurance business on his own.Rafael levantó solo su negocio de seguros.
b. crear
The designer is building up a network of stores worldwide.La diseñadora está creando una red de tiendas en todo el mundo.
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
5. (to accumulate)
a. acumularse
Thanks to the construction project next door, the dust builds up really quickly around here.Debido a la obra en construcción de al lado, el polvo se acumula muy rápido por aquí.
6. (to increase)
a. aumentar
The pressure built up until the boiler finally burst.La presión aumentó hasta que la caldera finalmente estalló.
b. acumularse
Our credit card debt built up when my husband was unemployed.Las deudas con las tarjetas de crédito se nos fueron acumulando cuando mi marido estaba desempleado.
c. intensificarse
The traffic is building up because many streets are blocked.El tránsito se está intensificando porque hay muchas calles cerradas.
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build up
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (hopes, expectations)
a. alimentar
2. (resources)
a. aumentar
3. (reputation)
a. crear
to b up speedtomar or
to b up an immunity (to something)hacerse inmune (a algo)
4. (hype)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
the press built her up as a future championla prensa construyó su imagen de futura campeona
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (clouds)
a. formarse
6. (tension, pressure)
a. incrementarse, aumentar
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build up
transitive verb
1 [+area, town etc] urbanizar
the area was built up years ago la zona fue urbanizada hace años
2 (establish) [+business, firm] levantar; [+reputation] labrarse; [+impression] crear
to build up a lead tomar la delantera; he had built up a picture in his mind of what she was like se había formado una imagen mental de cómo era ella
3 (increase) [+stocks etc] acumular; [+sales, numbers] incrementar
to build up one's strength fortalecerse; to build up one's hopes hacerse ilusiones; to build up sb's confidence dar más confianza en sí mismo a algn; to build up one's (self-)confidence desarrollar la confianza en sí mismo
All he needs is a little encouragement in order to build up his confidence
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
(increase) [+pressure, sound, speed] aumentar; (Economics) [+interest] acumularse; [+excitement] crecer;
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