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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Ron George, Former Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court Perhaps tax incentives for builders of affordable housing, and for those persons who will purchase or rent it. Amy Chance, sacbee, ""Build a lot more of it": What California can do to solve its housing problem," 18 June 2018 The defense official praised the San Diego as a unique combination of a refrigerated general stores and aviation supply ship which is a tribute to an oustanding team of ship designers and builders at National Steel and Shipbuilding., "May 25, 1969: USS San Diego commissioned," 25 May 2018 Also favors transparency laws to hold designers and builders accountable and improved methods of patching potholes. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "He's Michigan's most conservative Republican candidate for governor," 11 May 2018 The 15-foot-tall Mount Shasta climbing structure will be ready for the grand opening, pledged the playground’s designers and builders, the husband-and-wife team of Maren Van Duyn and Ron Holthuysen. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Oakland Zoo’s puma cubs get comfortable in their soon-to-open exhibit," 6 May 2018 The bridge designers, builders and inspectors were all well-known and influential firms. Patricia Mazzei,, "Engineer of Florida bridge reported cracks days before collapse," 17 Mar. 2018 The bridge designers, builders and inspectors were all well-known and influential firms. Patricia Mazzei, Frances Robles And Caitlin Dickerson, New York Times, "Engineer of Florida Bridge Reported Cracks Days Before Collapse," 16 Mar. 2018 His clients include restaurants, tourism agencies, local race teams, architects, designers and builders, plus high-profile businesses such as Klipsch Audio, PennGrade Oil and Duke Realty. Amanda Kingsbury, Indianapolis Star, "This photographer is having too much fun with Indianapolis' biggest potholes," 5 Mar. 2018 The Hurricanes have two chances for resumé-builders this week with games against North Carolina and Virginia Tech. Michael Beller,, "Bubble Watch: Lots at Stake for Fringe Teams in Final Regular Season, Conference Tourney Games," 27 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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evasion of direct action or statement

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