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Definitions of build

  1. constitution of the human body
  2. order, supervise, or finance the construction of; " The government is building new schools in this state"
  3. develop and grow; " Suspense was building right from the beginning of the opera"
  4. form steadily; " Resistance to the manager's plan built up quickly"
  5. increase or strengthen gradually; " This investment is building interest"; " We worked up courage"
  6. improve the cleansing action of; " build detergents"
  7. found or ground; " build a defense on nothing but the accused person's reputation"
  8. make by combining materials and parts; " this little pig made his house out of straw"; " Some eccentric constructed an electric brassiere warmer"
  9. build or establish something abstract; " build a reputation"
  10. give form to, according to a plan; " build a modern nation"; " build a million- dollar business"
  11. bolster or strengthen; " We worked up courage"; " build up confidence"; " ramp up security in the airports"
  12. be engaged in building; " These architects build in interesting and new styles"
  13. 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.
  14. To raise or place on a foundation; to form, establish, or produce by using appropriate means.
  15. To exercise the art, or practice the business, of building.
  16. 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.
  17. Form or mode of construction; general figure; make; as, the build of a ship.
  18. 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.
  19. To construct; to erect, as a house; to form by art; to raise on a support or foundation; to establish.
  20. To construct a building; to depend, or rely; with on or upon.
  21. Built builded.
  22. Building.
  23. To erect, as a house: to form or construct.
  24. To depend ( on):- pa. p. built or builded.
  25. Construction: make.
  26. Builded or built.
  27. To erect or construct.
  28. To raise a structure; to have confidence in.
  29. To frame, construct, or erect, as a house; fabricate; establish; found; strengthen; often with up.
  30. To follow the business of building; construct.
  31. To rely; depend; with on or upon.
  32. The manner or style in which anything is built; form; figure.
  33. Builder.
  34. Make; form; construction.
  35. To practise building; to rest or depend on.
  36. 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. And right here I mean to build a big mill and work out my plans. – The Power and the Glory by Grace MacGowan Cooke
  2. To build a summer cottage, I suppose. – Country Neighbors by Alice Brown
  3. So they pulled it down and prepared to build a new house in another garden. – India and the Indians by Edward F. Elwin
  4. Even their old liberty to build outside the walls of cities was now taken from them. – The Arian Controversy by H. M. Gwatkin
  5. It's meal time, and if you men want to eat I'll build a big enough dinner. – "I Conquered" by Harold Titus
  6. Why don't you build a false wall? – The Magnetic North by Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
  7. And we will build the great nation which Jehovah promised Abraham. – Hebrew Life and Times by Harold B. Hunting
  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. Yes, and, Harvey, here's just the spot to build our fire. – A Little Florida Lady by Dorothy C. Paine
  10. " I have told you to build it if you can," said he. – Peccavi by E. W. Hornung
  11. You, Sekeletu, must be chief, and build up our father's house. – The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 17 by Charles Francis Horne
  12. It matters little to them what is destroyed, so that they can build. – After the Storm by T. S. Arthur
  13. You'll build it up, said Meredith. – Lady Rose's Daughter by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Look at her build. – The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  17. Stop this noise and build up the fire. – The Golden Rock by Ernest Glanville
  18. " We shall build it," said he. – The Iron Furrow by George C. Shedd
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