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

build

/ (bɪld) /

verb builds, building or built

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
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Idioms and Phrases with build

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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