Nearby words

  1. buhlwork,
  2. buhr,
  3. buhrstone,
  4. bui,
  5. buibui,
  6. build down,
  7. build in,
  8. build into,
  9. build on,
  10. build on sand

Origin of build

before 1150; Middle English bilden, Old English byldan, derivative of bold, variant of botl dwelling, house

Related forms
Can be confusedbilled build

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British Dictionary definitions for build on

build

verb builds, building or built

to make, construct, or form by joining parts or materialsto build a house
(intr) to be a builder by profession
(tr) to order the building ofthe government builds most of our hospitals
(foll by on or upon) to base; foundhis theory was not built on facts
(tr) to establish and developit took ten years to build a business
(tr) to make in a particular way or for a particular purposethe car was not built for speed
(intr often foll by up) to increase in intensitythe wind was building
cards
  1. to add cards to each other to form (a sequence or set)
  2. (intr)to add to the layout of cards on the table from one's hand

noun

physical form, figure, or proportionsa man with an athletic build

Word Origin for build

Old English byldan; related to bylda farmer, bold building, Old Norse bōl farm, dwelling; see bower 1

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Word Origin and History for build on
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Idioms and Phrases with build on

build on

Also, build upon. Add as an extension; use as a basis or foundation. For example, They decided to build on an addition, or She was building all her hopes on passing the exam. John Locke had this idiom in his treatise on government (1689): “Sovereignty built on ‘property’ . . . comes to nothing.” [Late 1600s]

build

In addition to the idioms beginning with build

  • build down
  • build in
  • build on
  • build on sand
  • build up

also see:

  • light (build) a fire under

Also see underbuilt.

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