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1build

verb \ˈbild\

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

: to develop or form (something) gradually

: to increase the amount of (something)

built \ˈbilt\ build·ing

Full Definition of BUILD

transitive verb
1
:  to form by ordering and uniting materials by gradual means into a composite whole :  construct
2
:  to cause to be constructed
3
:  to develop according to a systematic plan, by a definite process, or on a particular base
intransitive verb
1
:  to engage in building
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
:  to stimulate to vigorous action
build into
:  to make an integral part of <build quality into the product>
build on
:  to use as a foundation <building on past experience>
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Examples of BUILD

  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 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

Rhymes with BUILD

2build

noun

: the shape and size of a person's body

Full Definition of BUILD

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

Examples of BUILD

  1. He is strong and muscular in build.
  2. a man of average build

First Known Use of BUILD

1667

Related to BUILD

Other Anatomy Terms

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BUILD ON Defined for Kids

1build

verb \ˈbild\
built \ˈbilt\build·ing

Definition of BUILD for Kids

1
:  to make by putting together parts or materials
2
:  to produce or create gradually by effort <It takes time to build a winning team.>
3
:  to grow or increase to a high point or level <Excitement was building.>

Synonym Discussion of BUILD

build, construct, and erect mean to make a structure. build is used for putting together several parts or materials to form something. <Workers are building the house.> construct is used for the designing of something and the process of fitting its parts together. <Engineers constructed a system of dams across the river.> erect is used for the idea of building something that stands up. <The tower was erected many years ago.>

2build

noun

Definition of BUILD for Kids

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

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