built

[ bilt ]
/ bɪlt /

verb

simple past tense and past participle of build.

adjective

Informal.
  1. of sound or sturdy construction: These cars are really built.
  2. having a good physique or figure: That lifeguard is really built!
Nautical. noting any member or part of a vessel assembled from pieces: built frame; built spar.

Related forms

well-built, adjective

Definition for built (2 of 2)

Origin of build

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

Related forms

Can be confused

billed build
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British Dictionary definitions for built (1 of 2)

built

/ (bɪlt) /

verb

the past tense and past participle of build

British Dictionary definitions for built (2 of 2)

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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Idioms and Phrases with built (1 of 2)

built

see made (built) to order; not built that way; Rome wasn't built in a day. Also see under build.


Idioms and Phrases with built (2 of 2)

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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