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build

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verb \ˈbild\

Simple Definition of build

  • : to make (something) by putting together parts or materials

  • : to develop or form (something) gradually

  • : to increase the amount of (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of build

built

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building

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to form by ordering and uniting materials by gradual means into a composite whole :  construct

  3. 2 :  to cause to be constructed

  4. 3 :  to develop according to a systematic plan, by a definite process, or on a particular base

  5. 4 :  increase, enlarge

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to engage in building

  8. 2 a :  to progress toward a peak (as of intensity) <build to a climax> b :  to develop in extent <a crowd building>

build a fire under

  1. :  to stimulate to vigorous action

build into

  1. :  to make an integral part of <build quality into the product>

build on

  1. :  to use as a foundation <building on past experience>

Examples of build in a sentence

  1. The bridge was built in the 1890s.

  2. The planes were built in Germany.

  3. The organization helps build houses for poor families.

  4. A family of birds has built a nest on our roof.

  5. She started building a fire in the fireplace.

  6. He built a model airplane from a kit.

  7. You will need permission to build on your property.

  8. They are building a legal case against the tobacco industry.

  9. scientists building theories about how the universe began

  10. At college, you'll build friendships that will last a lifetime.



Origin and Etymology of build

Middle English bilden, from Old English byldan; akin to Old English būan to dwell — more at bower


First Known Use: before 12th century


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build

noun

Simple Definition of build

  • : the shape and size of a person's body

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of build

  1. :  form or mode of structure :  make; especially :  bodily conformation of a person or animal

Examples of build in a sentence

  1. He is strong and muscular in build.

  2. a man of average build



1667

First Known Use of build

1667



BUILD Defined for Kids

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build

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verb \ˈbild\

Definition of build for Students

built

\ˈbilt\

building

  1. 1 :  to make by putting together parts or materials

  2. 2 :  to produce or create gradually by effort <It takes time to build a winning team.>

  3. 3 :  to grow or increase to a high point or level <Excitement was building.>




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build

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noun

Definition of build for Students

  1. :  the shape and size of a person's or animal's body <The boy has a slender build.>





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