build·​er | \ ˈbil-dər How to pronounce builder (audio) \

Definition of builder

1 : one that builds especially : one that contracts to build and supervises building operations
2 : a substance added to or used with detergents to increase their cleansing action

Examples of builder in a Sentence

The architect discussed her plans with the builder and the contractor. We will have to get the builders to repair the wall. The army is said to be a character builder. The experience was a real confidence builder.
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Buyers can build now or later on their property and enjoy the freedom to select their own builder to create a new custom home. Houston Chronicle, "New land-buying opportunity available at preconstruction prices," 9 June 2019 But most new-home buyers should at least consider speaking with their builder’s preferred lenders. Cameron Sullivan, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Reasons to consult builders’ preferred lenders," 7 June 2019 In 2015, a tech-savvy art historian named Andrew Tallon used lasers to create detailed 3-D scans of the cathedral (among other historic buildings) and found, for one thing, that its builders took shortcuts. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Notre Dame Cathedral Will Never Be the Same—and That's Ok," 19 Apr. 2019 Shea Homes, the builder at Trilogy, was named National Builder of the Year. Mark Gray, area president for Shea Homes, says the Trilogy lifestyle sets the community apart from others. Shea Homes, The Seattle Times, "Visitors can tour new models, quick-move-in homes," 29 Mar. 2019 Among the builders of Baltimore are the Knotts and the Keeltys, as well as John Stack, who built the Roland Park Water Tower. Jacques Kelly,, "Jacques Kelly: New Cathedral is resting place for notable Baltimoreans, and small flock of Orioles greats," 14 Apr. 2018 The builders have worked all week whatever the weather. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Big Move to Frogmore Cottage Has Been Delayed," 25 Mar. 2019 For now, Harris, 48, a former University of Washington men’s hockey coach and builder member of the American College Hockey Association Hall of Fame, hopes to drum up interest. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "NHL franchise in hand, the push to bring women’s professional hockey to Seattle begins in earnest," 16 Apr. 2019 Severance and Van Alen dismissed these announcements as nothing more than builders talking big. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "A Friendship Turned to Rivalry. A Feud That Changed the New York Skyline.," 27 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of builder

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of builder

: a person or company that builds or repairs things (such as houses, ships, bridges, etc.)
: something that helps to develop or increase something


build·​er | \ ˈbil-dər How to pronounce builder (audio) \

Kids Definition of builder

: a person whose business is the construction of buildings

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