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  1. simple past tense and past participle of build.
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  1. Informal.
    1. of sound or sturdy construction: These cars are really built.
    2. having a good physique or figure: That lifeguard is really built!
  2. Nautical. noting any member or part of a vessel assembled from pieces: built frame; built spar.
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Related formswell-built, adjective
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adjective (well built when postpositive)
  1. large or amplea well-built lady
  2. having a good, strong constructionwell-built houses
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  1. the past tense and past participle of build
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Word Origin and History for well-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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with well-built


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

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