[ bilt ]
/ bɪlt /


simple past tense and past participle of build.


  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.

Nearby words

  1. building paper,
  2. building permit,
  3. building society,
  4. building trades,
  5. buildup,
  6. built cane,
  7. built-in,
  8. built-in obsolescence,
  9. built-up,
  10. built-up mast

Related formswell-built, adjective

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 built


/ (bɪlt) /


the past tense and past participle of build


/ (bɪld) /

verb builds, building or built


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


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

also see:

  • light (build) a fire under

Also see underbuilt.

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