build on/upon

build on/upon [phrasal verb]
1 build on/upon (something) : to use (something that has been done in the past) as a basis for further work, development, etc.

Each president builds on/upon the success of each past president.

These classes will help students build on what they already know.

building upon past experiences/successes

2 build (something) on/upon (something) : to develop or create (something) by using (something else) as its basis

He built [=based] his theory on recent studies.

She has built her reputation as a talented artist on the strength of her earlier paintings.

Their theory is built upon her research.

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Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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