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Difference between Build up something and Build up to something

build up something

1. increase or develop smth. steadily:

  • You must now build up your strength after your illness.

2. praise or promote smth.:

  • An advertising agency can build up a product so much that everyone will want it.

build up to somethinglead up to smth. gradually or indirectly:

  • You could tell by the way she was talking that she was building up to something unpleasant.