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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With home prices in most markets having fully recovered from the bust in 2008, companies like Invitation Homes are getting cozy with home builders in effort to get supply straight from the source. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Single-family rental units have never been easier to buy," 17 July 2018 The new guidelines — developed with the help of an ad hoc group of builders, architects and some residents — would require that 65 percent of a residential lot of 10,000 square feet or smaller would have to be planted with vegetation. David Twiddy, kansascity, "Prairie Village residents focus on teardowns, new construction at first of 3 meetings," 10 July 2018 With builders wary to build, aspiring buyers have fewer options. Ben Tobin, USA TODAY, "Home buyers hit by lumber prices near record highs," 22 June 2018 Michael Strech, head of the North State Building Industry Association, said he's checked with other builders and guesses the one-third figure may be conservative at some new subdivisions. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "Bay Area residents are inundating Sacramento new home websites. Is a coastal wave coming?," 18 June 2018 The new requirement, however, will encourage companies to team up with builders, said Anne Hoskins, chief policy officer with Sunrun in San Francisco. David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, "Solar to be required on most new homes in California starting in 2020," 9 May 2018 Opendoor has partnered with several Orlando home builders on sales that allow existing homeowners to purchase a new-home property while simultaneously selling their existing home. Mary Shanklin,, "Opendoor partners with select Orlando builders," 27 Apr. 2018 Visitors to the show can talk directly with home builders, as well as speak with remodelers, landscapers and interior designers to do the research for their next home improvement project. Chris Barlow, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Waukesha-Muskego-Mukwonago-New Berlin: Homebuilders show at State Fair Park," 3 Jan. 2018 He was convinced by one of the puppet builders — a man named Kermit Love — to give it a little more time. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "How Caroll Spinney Amassed a Large Net Worth and So Much More From 'Sesame Street'," 17 Oct. 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 How to pronounce builder (audio) \

Kids Definition of builder

: a person whose business is the construction of buildings

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