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 Use the inspection to create a punch list for the builder, said Liz Martin, a home inspector in Brookline., "47 tips for buying, selling, staging, and moving this spring," 11 Apr. 2021 Vitelli is now executive vice president of Azimut Benetti, her family’s shipyard and by far the largest and most important builder. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, "How This Unassuming Tuscan Town Became the Epicenter of the Superyacht World," 11 Apr. 2021 The sellers bought the home directly from the builder, so this is the first time the property has hit the market. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "This five-bedroom house on Dallas’ Park Lane offers privacy with an indoor-outdoor living experience," 9 Apr. 2021 Next up: a Swahili Village for Newark, with great support from the brand builder’s landlord. Washington Post, "Swahili Village brings a taste of African fine dining to D.C.," 2 Apr. 2021 Omaze, who had an option on the home for the sweepstakes, said the rights to the home have reverted to the builder. Trevor Fraser,, "Winner of $1.5 million Lake Mary mansion takes $1 million in cash instead," 25 Mar. 2021 The house was built for the late billionaire builder Gerald Hines and his wife Barbara Hines, who commissioned Robert A.M. Stern Architects to design the five-bedroom home more than three decades ago, Ms. Hines said. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "In Houston, a Tuscan-Style Villa Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects Asks $34.5 Million," 10 Mar. 2021 If that permit is granted, the builder or farmer is also required to mitigate the wetland within the same watershed. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, "Amid fierce debate, here are the facts about Indiana's wetlands program," 8 Feb. 2021 The song has been reimagined as an advertisement for Squarespace, the website builder. New York Times, "The Working Woman’s Anthem ‘9 to 5’ Needed an Update. But This?," 7 Feb. 2021

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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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18 Apr 2021

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“Builder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 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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