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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The two men came to an accord: Sater would find the builder and financiers for the project, while Cohen would ensure Trump signed the final agreement. Alex Ward, Vox, "Felix Sater, the spy, criminal, and mafia-linked business executive tied to Trump, explained," 6 Dec. 2018 To win the future, the designers and builders of carriers must amplify their strengths and come up with clever ways to mitigate their weaknesses. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "As It Begins Its Second Century, Is the Aircraft Carrier Obsolete?," 5 Nov. 2018 Tariffs are impacting not only businesses, builders and growers but consumers who will see higher prices for things like appliances, cars and houses. Deon Roberts, Jim Morrill And Hannah Lang, charlotteobserver, "From breweries to the farm, Trump tariff war produces winners and losers in Charlotte," 12 July 2018 Media: Orlando Sentinel Construction of the medical building has been permitted, Marmerstein said, and the hospital corporation now is considering builders and bids. Vanesa Brashier, Houston Chronicle, "Kingwood Hospital to build ER in Cleveland," 7 July 2018 Speakers at the Friday news conference will include FC Cincinnati owner Carl Lindner III, President and General Manager Jeff Berding, and project managers, architects, and builders. Patrick Brennan,, "FC Cincinnati reveals training complex plans, stadium details coming Friday," 26 June 2018 The combination is pushing up costs for South Florida home builders and home buyers, and may affect renters as well. Dylan Jackson, miamiherald, "South Florida home prices and rents are already expensive. And they could soon get worse.," 13 June 2018 After separating in 2016, Allen finalized her divorce from 40-year-old Sam Cooper, a builder and decorator, last week. Jeff Nelson,, "Lily Allen Reveals How Her Divorce, Motherhood and Sobriety Inspired Her New Album," 13 June 2018 Since getting into the deconstruction business about five years ago, Humanim had sold refurbished wood and bricks to about 200 smaller buyers: small architecture firms, builders and DIYers. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "Baltimore is mired in violent crime. Could part of the solution be found in reclaimed wood?," 10 June 2018

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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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