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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Recent Examples on the Web And Kraus’ father pointed Ty Majeski to the car builder and crew chief who would help him become one of the preeminent short-track racers in the country. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'We’re kind of like brothers': Two Wisconsin racers will test their bond in NASCAR trucks ... and as roommates," 7 Feb. 2020 Also inducted was Waddell Wilson, an engine builder and crew chief who coincidentally was team manager of Stewart’s first foray into NASCAR. Jenna Fryer, Indianapolis Star, "Tony Stewart headlines 2020 class of NASCAR Hall of Fame," 1 Feb. 2020 Cities have used local ordinances and other efforts to encourage builders and homeowners to move away from lawns, and growing numbers of people have embraced the aesthetic of landscaping with desert plants instead of lush grass. Ian James, azcentral, "Swimming pools and lush lawns? As water use slows, that image of Phoenix is changing," 29 Jan. 2020 The group’s chairman, Greg Ugalde, said the new rule would lower the cost of new projects and require builders and developers to obtain Clean Water Act permits less often. Timothy Puko, WSJ, "EPA Releases New Clean-Water Rules Scaling Back Federal Oversight," 24 Jan. 2020 About 65,000 builders and housing sector professionals are gathered in Las Vegas this week for the industry’s annual confab. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Recession? What recession? Builders have high hopes for 2020," 23 Jan. 2020 Dan Adams, acting director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, said the property was marketed to both affordable and for-profit builders and the city acted quickly to scoop up the site. J.k. Dineen,, "Old San Francisco union halls tapped as sites to build housing," 14 Jan. 2020 Though it was first met with quite a bit of skepticism, builders and homeowners soon discovered that plastic-laminate flooring was extremely durable, highly stain-resistant, affordable, and quick and easy to install. Joesph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "8 Steps for Installing Laminate Flooring," 8 Dec. 2019 Wanless, who tends to predict higher rates of sea rise, worries that builders and developers will look at the multiple curves and choose the lowest one to build to, rather than some of the higher curves. Alex Harris,, "New projections show that South Florida is in for even more sea level rise," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of builder

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of builder was in the 14th century

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11 Feb 2020

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“Builder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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