build·​er | \ˈbil-dər \

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 duchess's career has been both a self-esteem builder and a necessity. Nancy Collins, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sarah Ferguson: Diana, the Queen and I," 12 Oct. 2018 Now comes the time to convert a loose, messy pile of wood into an orderly stack—a satisfying transformation that appeals to the builder in me. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Right Way to Stack Firewood," 28 Sep. 2018 With NVMe SSDs on the list, there's little left that the company isn't offering to PC builders. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Gigabyte wades into NVMe SSDs with a trio of budget-priced drives," 19 Sep. 2018 His duties included compiling statistics, writing advertising copy, selling wood to builders and eventually running a timber yard. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "John Calder Published Edgy Books by Samuel Beckett, Henry Miller and William Burroughs," 24 Aug. 2018 Shou sugi ban has become so trendy there are even lumber suppliers who sell precharred lumber to builders at great expense. Laura Fenton, Curbed, "Black is the new black," 1 Aug. 2018 Lumber costs alone went up at least 25 percent, according to some builders. Anchorage Daily News, "The age of your house isn’t just about the year it was built. Here’s why that’s important when you’re selling.," 22 June 2018 The fee is assessed to residential builders who do not want to include affordable housing in their projects. Steve Dreyer, Pomerado News, "New city budget on Tuesday's council agenda," 13 June 2018 Li’s Daimler stake is the latest of a series of investments that, in barely a decade, have transformed his company from local laughingstock to global empire builder. Clay Chandler, Fortune, "China's Geely shifts globalization drive into high gear," 24 Feb. 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 \

Kids Definition of builder

: a person whose business is the construction of buildings

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