builder

noun
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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The builders have worked all week whatever the weather. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Big Move to Frogmore Cottage Has Been Delayed," 25 Mar. 2019 For now, Harris, 48, a former University of Washington men’s hockey coach and builder member of the American College Hockey Association Hall of Fame, hopes to drum up interest. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "NHL franchise in hand, the push to bring women’s professional hockey to Seattle begins in earnest," 16 Apr. 2019 Severance and Van Alen dismissed these announcements as nothing more than builders talking big. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "A Friendship Turned to Rivalry. A Feud That Changed the New York Skyline.," 27 Mar. 2019 Hyperloop builders will not seek to take over the problem of American mass transit (at least not yet). Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "A quick guide to hyperloops, Richard Branson’s latest boondoggle," 12 Oct. 2018 Developers and affordable housing advocates have argued that requiring more parking could increase the cost of a development, squeezing margins that builders claim are already tight as land, labor, and building costs rise. Caitlin Mccabe, Philly.com, "Philadelphia has 2,172,896 parking spaces. So how come you're still circling the block?," 12 July 2018 To manage the costs, builders are getting creative. Adam Vaccaro, BostonGlobe.com, "Tariffs are making it more expensive to build in Boston — and that could push rents even higher," 12 July 2018 Community Development Director Martin Scott said no completion date has been established, as a much depends how quickly builders can complete the exterior structure. David Heitz, chicagotribune.com, "Foxford Station development rises quickly in downtown Western Springs," 12 July 2018 Buyers got deals on those houses when builders returned to the subdivisions five years ago, but most of the deals are gone. Catherine Reagor, azcentral, "Metro Phoenix homebuilding hits decade high," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of builder

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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builder

noun

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

builder

noun
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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