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Definitions of build

  1. alternative names for the body of a human being; " Leonardo studied the human body"; " he has a strong physique"; " the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak"
  2. constitution of the human body
  3. order, supervise, or finance the construction of; " The government is building new schools in this state"
  4. develop and grow; " Suspense was building right from the beginning of the opera"
  5. form steadily; " Resistance to the manager's plan built up quickly"
  6. increase or strengthen gradually; " This investment is building interest"; " We worked up courage"
  7. improve the cleansing action of; " build detergents"
  8. found or ground; " build a defense on nothing but the accused person's reputation"
  9. make by combining materials and parts; " this little pig made his house out of straw"; " Some eccentric constructed an electric brassiere warmer"
  10. build or establish something abstract; " build a reputation"
  11. give form to, according to a plan; " build a modern nation"; " build a million- dollar business"
  12. form or accumulate steadily; " Resistance to the manager's plan built up quickly"; " Pressure is building up at the Indian- Pakistani border"
  13. bolster or strengthen; " We worked up courage"; " build up confidence"; " ramp up security in the airports"
  14. be engaged in building; " These architects build in interesting and new styles"
  15. To erect or construct, as an edifice or fabric of any kind; to form by uniting materials into a regular structure; to fabricate; to make; to raise.
  16. To raise or place on a foundation; to form, establish, or produce by using appropriate means.
  17. To exercise the art, or practice the business, of building.
  18. To rest or depend, as on a foundation; to ground one's self or one's hopes or opinions upon something deemed reliable; to rely; as, to build on the opinions or advice of others.
  19. Form or mode of construction; general figure; make; as, the build of a ship.
  20. To increase and strengthen; to increase the power and stability of; to settle, or establish, and preserve; - frequently with up; as, to build up one's constitution.
  21. To construct; to erect, as a house; to form by art; to raise on a support or foundation; to establish.
  22. To construct a building; to depend, or rely; with on or upon.
  23. Built builded.
  24. Building.
  25. To erect, as a house: to form or construct.
  26. To depend ( on):- pa. p. built or builded.
  27. Construction: make.
  28. Builded or built.
  29. To erect or construct.
  30. To raise a structure; to have confidence in.
  31. To frame, construct, or erect, as a house; fabricate; establish; found; strengthen; often with up.
  32. To follow the business of building; construct.
  33. To rely; depend; with on or upon.
  34. The manner or style in which anything is built; form; figure.
  35. Builder.
  36. Make; form; construction.
  37. To construct and raise; to pile together by art; to raise or rear.
  38. To practise building; to rest or depend on.
  39. To construct; to make or raise anything- as a wall, a house, or a ship; to shape into a particular form; to raise on a foundation; to increase; to depend on as a foundation.
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Usage examples for build

  1. Life had played a trick on me once, and I made up my mind not to build on anybody again, until I was sure of them. – The Iron Woman by Margaret Deland
  2. " I have told you to build it if you can," said he. – Peccavi by E. W. Hornung
  3. And right here I mean to build a big mill and work out my plans. – The Power and the Glory by Grace MacGowan Cooke
  4. It was the first land we ever bought, and Spencer always said it should be mine and he would build a new house on it. – On the Frontier by Bret Harte
  5. You'll build it up, said Meredith. – Lady Rose's Daughter by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  6. You, Sekeletu, must be chief, and build up our father's house. – The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 17 by Charles Francis Horne
  7. Look at her build – The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  8. It is an old, old place that somebody left some money to build – A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia by Amanda Minnie Douglas
  9. It's meal time, and if you men want to eat I'll build a big enough dinner. – "I Conquered" by Harold Titus
  10. Even their old liberty to build outside the walls of cities was now taken from them. – The Arian Controversy by H. M. Gwatkin
  11. So they pulled it down and prepared to build a new house in another garden. – India and the Indians by Edward F. Elwin
  12. Stop this noise and build up the fire. – The Golden Rock by Ernest Glanville
  13. Why don't you build a false wall? – The Magnetic North by Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
  14. And we will build the great nation which Jehovah promised Abraham. – Hebrew Life and Times by Harold B. Hunting
  15. It matters little to them what is destroyed, so that they can build – After the Storm by T. S. Arthur
  16. Yes, and, Harvey, here's just the spot to build our fire. – A Little Florida Lady by Dorothy C. Paine
  17. To build a summer cottage, I suppose. – Country Neighbors by Alice Brown
  18. " We shall build it," said he. – The Iron Furrow by George C. Shedd
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