build around

phrasal verb

built around; building around; builds around
: to develop or organize (something) by using (something, such as an idea) as its main or central part
We built our program around the idea that people need love and support.
Their lives are built around their children.

Examples of build around in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps his most famous paintings from the 1960s feature entire environments built around giant signs — Standard gas stations, Norm’s diners, 20th Century Fox movie studios — all done up in flag-waving red, white and blue. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2023 The Ravens wanted a dominant running game built around a running quarterback. Mike Preston, Baltimore Sun, 17 Sep. 2023 Upstairs is Gourdet’s joyful tribute to Haitian cuisine, built around the restaurant’s grand roaring hearth. Elazar Sontag, Bon Appétit, 13 Sep. 2023 That kind of downfield ability is theoretically a perfect fit for a Shane Steichen offense built around creating explosive plays. The Indianapolis Star, 6 Sep. 2023 The Milwaukee & Waukesha railroad was incorporated in 1847 to capture a share of the then-growing industry built around rail traffic. Jim Riccioli, Journal Sentinel, 29 Aug. 2023 Vidcast is another application built around the idea of asynchronous video communication. David Nield, WIRED, 27 Aug. 2023 The acquisition is the latest financial deal built around measurement of media audiences, an increasingly critical assignment as the people who once watched linear TV spread out around dozens of new viewing possibilities. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 13 Sep. 2023 The team once planned to build around homegrown players. Lindsey Adler, WSJ, 22 Aug. 2023 See More

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“Build around.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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