verb (used with object), built or (Archaic) build·ed; build·ing.
- to make (words) from letters.
- to assemble (cards) according to number, suit, etc., as in melding.
verb (used without object), built or (Archaic) build·ed; build·ing.
- a version of a program after compilation, typically an update to an existing version made before the program is released.
- the process of producing a software build.
- a new version or update of data in a database or on a website: frequent, incremental builds of data.
- a vertical joint.
- the vertical dimension of a stone laid on its bed.
- to develop or increase: to build up a bank account.
- to strengthen.
- to prepare in stages.
- to fill in with houses; develop into an urban area.
- to praise or flatter.
Origin of build
Examples from the Web for build
Those are saguaro cactuses…the big ones…birds make holes in them and build their nests inside.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Therefore, we should—you guessed it—develop the Canadian tar sands and build the Keystone pipeline.How Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash the Keystone Pipeline|Jay Michaelson|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“He could build studios and he understood technology,” Jackson told The Daily Beast.
The narrator is suggesting that they build a snowman that looks like a minister.The Most Confusing Christmas Music Lyrics Explained (VIDEO)|Kevin Fallon|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Regardless, few had been given any reason to believe they could build a life for themselves beyond the streets.
The little bits of whalin'-steamers they build now only carry a little pram or two, nothin' like this boat you're in now.The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries|Francis Rolt-Wheeler
Stay with us and learn our language,” one of them said: “become our father and our friend, and we will build you a house.Pioneers and Founders|Charlotte Mary Yonge
Railroads helped to settle the west and build up states beyond the Mississippi.The Beginner's American History|D. H. Montgomery
I tell you that down the O-hi-o I will go, and build forts on it.The Life of George Washington|Josephine Pollard
Now I know that no one can build his security upon the nobleness of another person.Alexander's Bridge and The Barrel Organ|Willa Cather and Alfred Noyes
verb builds, building or built
- to add cards to each other to form (a sequence or set)
- (intr) to add to the layout of cards on the table from one's hand
Word Origin for build
late Old English byldan "construct a house," verb form of bold "house," from Proto-Germanic *buthlam (cf. Old Saxon bodl, Old Frisian bodel "building, house"), from PIE *bhu- "to dwell," from root *bheue- "to be, exist, grow" (see be). Rare in Old English; in Middle English it won out over more common Old English timbran (see timber). Modern spelling is unexplained. Figurative use from mid-15c. Of physical things other than buildings from late 16c. Related: Builded (archaic); built; building.
In the United States, this verb is used with much more latitude than in England. There, as Fennimore Cooper puts it, everything is BUILT. The priest BUILDS up a flock; the speculator a fortune; the lawyer a reputation; the landlord a town; and the tailor, as in England, BUILDS up a suit of clothes. A fire is BUILT instead of made, and the expression is even extended to individuals, to be BUILT being used with the meaning of formed. [Farmer, "Slang and Its Analogues," 1890]
"style of construction," 1660s, from build (v.). Earlier in this sense was built (1610s). Meaning "physical construction and fitness of a person" attested by 1981. Earliest sense, now obsolete, was "a building" (early 14c.).
In addition to the idioms beginning with build
- build down
- build in
- build on
- build on sand
- build up
- light (build) a fire under
Also see underbuilt.