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 But Trump is a builder of moats and walls, disengaged from the world beyond his own concerns, a professional maker of enemies. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Trump treated the arts as an adversary. Biden’s first day told a different story," 21 Jan. 2021 Prospective owners can build now or build later and enjoy the freedom to select their own builder to create the new country home of their dreams at Woodland Hills Ranch, said the spokesperson. Dallas News, "‘Sneak Preview Land Sale’ near Centerville to be held," 17 Jan. 2021 Second, even awkward touches like the wood screens and tight tables are responses by Savino and his builder, Cookline, to city guidelines that continue to evolve as officials respond to the challenges that society faces this year. John King,, "San Francisco is having a parklet moment. Here are 11 cool ones to check out right now," 27 Nov. 2020 The builder also has a new project in Northwest Dallas on Stemmons Freeway north of Walnut Hill Lane. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Workforce apartment community on the way in southern Dallas," 28 Jan. 2021 This avalanche of decisions is why so many good people are living with bad light fixtures, usually whatever the builder put in. Marni Jameson | Contributing Writer,, "Want your home to feel years younger? Try updating your light fixtures. Here's how to do it," 26 Jan. 2021 The builder runs two shifts daily with 130 workers, making a clamor with tools on steel and aluminum. Kevin Spear, USA TODAY, "'They won't have to separate from ... family': Florida attraction to get glass-bottom boat for wheelchairs," 25 Jan. 2021 After four years of lies, corruption, incompetence, and often all three in combination, Trump the builder didn’t actually get all that much built. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Trump Called Himself the ‘Builder President.’ But What Did He Actually Build?," 20 Jan. 2021 The builder can add a kitchen on the lower level, which already has a bedroom and bathroom, to create a 1,000-square-foot accessory dwelling unit (ADU). oregonlive, "On the market: Two houses on one lot can shelter extra family, home offices or paying tenants," 9 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of builder

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Feb 2021

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“Builder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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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