- simple past tense and past participle of build.
- of sound or sturdy construction: These cars are really built.
- 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.
- to construct (especially something complex) by assembling and joining parts or materials: to build a house.
- to establish, increase, or strengthen (often followed by up): to build a business; to build up one's hopes.
- to mold, form, or create: to build boys into men.
- to base; found: a relationship built on trust.
- to make (words) from letters.
- to assemble (cards) according to number, suit, etc., as in melding.
- to engage in the art, practice, or business of building.
- to form or construct a plan, system of thought, etc. (usually followed by on or upon): He built on the philosophies of the past.
- to increase or develop toward a maximum, as of intensity, tempo, or magnitude (often followed by up): The drama builds steadily toward a climax.
- the physical structure, especially of a person; physique; figure: He had a strong build.
- the manner or form of construction: The house was of modern build.
- 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.
- build in/into, to build or incorporate as part of something else: to build in bookcases between the windows; an allowance for travel expenses built into the budget.
- build up,
- 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
Related Wordsmade, manufactured, completed, produced, finished, created, fabricated, assembled, constructed, stacked, strapping, ample, shapely, voluptuous, well-rounded, busty, full-figured, well-proportioned, athletic, beefy
Examples from the Web for built
His life as a man is built around health insurance and tax services.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President
January 9, 2015
They carved a refuge out of the wilderness and then, in 200 years, built it into the most powerful nation on earth.Mario Cuomo, Always Moving Us Toward the Light
January 4, 2015
Marvin hops over the edge of his retaining wall, which he built.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
Denton, who speaks in the clipped cadence of the Oxford-educated Brit he is, has built quite a castle.The Gospel According to Nick Denton—What Next For The Gawker Founder?
December 14, 2014
According to a military spokesperson, Boko Haram had built a “female wing” in its command structure.The New Face of Boko Haram’s Terror: Teen Girls
December 13, 2014
In fact, a large portion of the whole book was built on that anecdote.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
They were built upon high cliffs and rumor had it that no enemy could take them.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
The house had been built only three years, and was the show-place of the village.Brave and Bold
We are all in favor of having it built as promptly as possible.
Traditions and instructions helped me in that they built the ship in which I was to put to sea.The Conquest of Fear
- the past tense and past participle of build
- 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
- 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
- physical form, figure, or proportionsa man with an athletic build
Word Origin and History for built
1560s, "constructed, erected," past participle adjective from build (v.). Meaning "physically well-developed" is by 1940s (well-built in reference to a woman is from 1871); Built-in (adj.) is from 1898.
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.).
Idioms and Phrases with built
see made (built) to order; not built that way; Rome wasn't built in a day. Also see under build.
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.