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.
Recent Examples on the Web Morgan, Kastner argues, managed to bring her commitment to functionality, balance and beauty into accord with the desires of her clients, whether the extravagant William Randolph Hearst or an ordinary home builder. Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2022 Perhaps his most important and lasting role has been as a teacher and an institution builder. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2022 An Austin home builder had only one suggestion when his friend Al Silva was considering buying a 1930s-era Atlee B. Ayres house in Terrell Hills several years ago: knock it down and start from scratch. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, 15 Feb. 2022 Having an experienced web development and design team is a prerequisite for SaaS platforms, though the skill set of these teams might be wasted on tasks that an integrated website builder could effectively handle. Itai Sadan, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 An astute builder of political connections, Mr. Bundrant helped shape and benefited from regulations that gave U.S.-owned companies the upper hand in fishing waters off Alaska. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, 22 Oct. 2021 Renegade Game Studios has a lot of different GI Joe games on offer including a deck builder and a minis board game currently on Kickstarter. Rob Wieland, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 The civil suit accuses the manufacturer, builder and owner of the ride of negligence, confirmed Michael Haggard, the attorney representing Tyre’s mother Nekia Dodd. Caroline Catherman, Orlando Sentinel, 24 Apr. 2022 Some back yards of homes in the under-construction, 52-home Montebello luxury home community will also abut Beta Drive back yards, but an agreement has already been reached with the builder and its Beta Drive business neighbor Mars Electric. cleveland, 9 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of builder

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Builder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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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