- of sound or sturdy construction: These cars are really built.
- having a good physique or figure: That lifeguard is really built!
Related formswell-built, adjective
Definition for built (2 of 2)
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
Can be confusedbilled build
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|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
They carved a refuge out of the wilderness and then, in 200 years, built it into the most powerful nation on earth.
Marvin hops over the edge of his retaining wall, which he built.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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?|Lloyd Grove|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
According to a military spokesperson, Boko Haram had built a “female wing” in its command structure.
Raud had another exceptionally large ship, the longest in Norway, and till the "Crane" was built the swiftest also.Famous Sea Fights|John Richard Hale
Like everything else in the Congo, this town has been arranged and built for practical use.A Journal of a Tour in the Congo Free State|Marcus Dorman
It was evident that new shops must be built on a larger and more comprehensive scale than any that had gone before.The Story of the Pullman Car|Joseph Husband
The first mosque was built at Canton, where after several restorations, it still exists.
How can a system, built upon a stout and impudent denial of self-evident truth--a system of treating men like cattle--operate?The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus|American Anti-Slavery Society
British Dictionary definitions for built (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for built (2 of 2)
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
Idioms and Phrases with built (1 of 2)
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)
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.