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build

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verb \ˈbild\

Definition of build

built

play \ˈbilt\;

building

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to form by ordering and uniting materials by gradual means into a composite whole :  construct birds building a nest build new hospitals and schools the boat her father built

  3. 2 :  to cause to be constructed a contractor who has built hundreds of homes

  4. 3 :  to develop according to a systematic plan, by a definite process, or on a particular base building a legal case against her built the organization from the ground up

  5. 4 :  increase, enlarge helps build muscle build support for their candidate building friendships

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

  8. 2a :  to progress toward a peak (as of intensity) build to a climaxb :  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.

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Origin and Etymology of build

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


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build

noun

Definition of build

  1. :  form or mode of structure :  make the boxy build of the car; especially :  bodily conformation of a person or animal a man of stocky build

Examples of build in a Sentence

  1. He is strong and muscular in build.

  2. a man of average build

Recent Examples of build from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of build

see 1build



BUILD Defined for English Language Learners

build

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verb

Definition of build for English Language Learners

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

  • : to develop or form (something) gradually

  • : to increase the amount of (something)

build

noun

Definition of build for English Language Learners

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


BUILD Defined for Kids

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build

play
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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