Definition of Build upon

1. Verb. Be based on; of theories and claims, for example. "What's this new evidence based on?"

Exact synonyms: Build On, Repose On, Rest On
Generic synonyms: Depend On, Depend Upon, Devolve On, Hinge On, Hinge Upon, Ride, Turn On
Specialized synonyms: Owe



Definition of Build upon

1. Verb. (transitive) to form by combining materials or parts on top of a surface or foundation ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Build Upon

buhrstones
buik
buiks
build
build-to
build-up
build-ups
build a better mousetrap
build a fire under
build castles in the air
build in
build into
build on
build on sand
build up
build upon (current term)
buildability
buildable
builddown
builddowns
builded
builder
builder's bum
builder's cleavage
builder's tea
buildering
builders
builders' tea
buildest
buildeth

Literary usage of Build upon

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1. The Quarterly Review by John Gibson Lockhart, George Walter Prothero, William Gifford, Sir John Taylor Coleridge, Whitwell Elwin, William Macpherson, Baron Rowland Edmund Prothero Ernle, Sir William Smith (1902)
"In endeavouring to build upon it, even at the cost of an old British tradition, Lord Salisbury has taken the first practical step in a movement full of the ..."

2. The British Novelists: With an Essay, and Prefaces, Biographical and Critical by Barbauld (Anna Letitia), Anna Letitia Aikin Barbauld (1820)
"... and that they should not plant or build upon the island; it was none of their ground. Why, says the Spaniard, very calmly, Seignior Ing- lese, ..."

3. Switzerland: Or, A Journal of a Tour and Residence in that Country, in the by Louis Simond (1823)
"... and of the speculations which I have ventured to build upon them, I will here give a transverse section of the lake and its banks. ab, surface of the ..."

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