[ bild ]
/ bɪld /
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verb (used with object), built or (Archaic) build·ed; build·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), built or (Archaic) build·ed; build·ing.
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.
- 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.
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Origin of build
before 1150; Middle English bilden,Old English byldan, derivative of bold, variant of botl dwelling, house
OTHER WORDS FROM build
build·a·ble, adjectivemis·build, verb, mis·built, mis·build·ing.outbuild, verb (used with object), out·built, out·build·ing.pre·build, verb (used with object), pre·built, pre·build·ing.
su·per·build, verb, su·per·built, su·per·build·ing.un·build·a·ble, adjectiveun·der·build, verb, un·der·built, un·der·build·ing.
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH buildbilled, build
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How to use build in a sentence
And now in a few areas solar systems are starting to come as a prebuilt feature—not an option.Solar Panels Now Being Offered as a Prebuilt Feature in California|Daniel Gross|May 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for build
/ (bɪld) /
verb builds, building or built
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 for build
Old English byldan; related to bylda farmer, bold building, Old Norse bōl farm, dwelling; see bower 1
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Other Idioms and Phrases with 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.
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