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 Perhaps tied to budget and schedule troubles, SGL Constructors, comprised of high-profile road builders, has had repeated failures with a core competency and essential responsibility: keeping workers alive. Kevin Spear,, "I-4 Ultimate: Delays, overruns and deaths plague project," 23 Oct. 2019 Bottom line Tropico 6: El Prez Edition takes the classic aspects of city builders and throws in a host of features that take things to the next level. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, "Tropico 6 pushes the boundaries of city building," 6 Oct. 2019 Saturday features the Ride In Custom Bike Show, also at Beach Central Park, which showcases the passion of amateur bike builders customizing their rides. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Lone Star Rally rumbles into Galveston Oct. 31-Nov. 3," 20 Sep. 2019 Unlike kingdoms like Egypt or Assyria, which had large masses of unskilled labor that could be used to break their backs constructing ramps, the Greeks relied on small teams of professional builders for their projects. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The Ancient Greeks Used Machines to Lift Stones 150 Years Earlier Than Previously Believed," 29 Aug. 2019 The market is one of the greatest wealth builders in history. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Why people should not get too worked up about recession fears," 28 Aug. 2019 StreetLights Residential is one of North Texas' biggest apartment builders, with several high-rise projects in the Uptown Dallas area and Deep Ellum. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "New Frisco apartment project will be third phase of development," 14 Aug. 2019 Hepp cites a survey from John Burns Consulting indicating that 82% of builders report a labor shortage. Bob Sellers, Fortune, "The Surprising Way Republicans Used to Use Immigration to Boost the Economy," 18 July 2019 The codes, most of them passed since June, are meant to keep builders from running natural gas lines to new homes and apartments, with an eye toward creating fewer legacy gas hookups as the nation shifts to carbon-neutral energy sources. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "No more fire in the kitchen: Cities are banning natural gas in homes to save the planet," 10 Nov. 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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2 Dec 2019

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“Builder.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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