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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To form by combining materials or parts; construct.
  • transitive v. To order, finance, or supervise the construction of: The administration built several new housing projects.
  • transitive v. To develop or give form to according to a plan or process; create: build a nation; built a successful business out of their corner grocery store.
  • transitive v. To increase or strengthen by adding gradually to: money building interest in a savings account; build support for a political candidate.
  • transitive v. To establish a basis for; found or ground: build an argument on fact.
  • intransitive v. To make something by combining materials or parts.
  • intransitive v. To engage in the construction or design of buildings: "Each of the three architects built in a different style” ( Dwight Macdonald).
  • intransitive v. To develop in magnitude or extent: clouds building on the horizon.
  • intransitive v. To progress toward a maximum, as of intensity: suspense building from the opening scene to the climax.
  • n. The physical makeup of a person or thing; physique: an athletic build.
  • n. Computer Science Any of various versions of a software product as it is being developed for release to users.
  • in To construct or include as an integral part of: a wall with shelving that was built in; build stability into the economy.
  • on To use as a basis or foundation: We must build on our recent success.
  • build up To develop or increase in stages or by degrees: built up the business; building up my endurance for the marathon.
  • build up To accumulate or collect: sediment building up on the ocean floor.
  • build up To bolster: build up the product with a massive ad campaign; built up my hopes after the interview.
  • build up To fill up (an area) with buildings.
  • idiom build on sand To provide with an unstable foundation: Having bought only high-risk stocks, my portfolio was built on sand.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to form (something) by combining materials or parts
  • v. to develop or give form to (something) according to a plan or process
  • v. to increase or strengthen (something) by adding gradually to
  • v. to establish a basis for (something)
  • v. to form by combining materials or parts
  • v. to develop in magnitude or extent
  • n. The physique of a human body; constitution or structure of a human body.
  • n. any of various versions of a software product as it is being developed for release to users
  • n. a structure, nominally an abbreviation of building (see usage notes below).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To raise or place on a foundation; to form, establish, or produce by using appropriate means.
  • transitive v. To increase and strengthen; to increase the power and stability of; to settle, or establish, and preserve; -- frequently with up.
  • intransitive v. To exercise the art, or practice the business, of building.
  • intransitive v. 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.
  • n. Form or mode of construction; general figure; make.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To frame or construct, as an edifice; form by uniting materials into a regular structure; erect.
  • Figuratively— To form by art in any way; construct.
  • To raise as on a support or foundation; rear.
  • To establish, increase, and strengthen: generally with up: as, to build up a fine business; to build up a character.
  • To exercise the art or practise the business of building; construct.
  • Figuratively, to rear, erect, or construct anything, as a plan or a system of thought.
  • To rest or depend, as on a foundation; base; rely: with on or upon.
  • n. Manner of construction; make; form: as, the build of a ship.
  • In casino, to combine certain cards so that their total pip-value equals that of a single card in the player's hand.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. order, supervise, or finance the construction of
  • n. constitution of the human body
  • v. give form to, according to a plan
  • v. develop and grow
  • v. improve the cleansing action of
  • v. found or ground
  • v. build or establish something abstract
  • v. be engaged in building
  • v. make by combining materials and parts
  • v. bolster or strengthen
  • v. form or accumulate steadily
  • n. alternative names for the body of a human being

Etymologies

Middle English bilden, from Old English byldan; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English bilden, from Old English byldan ("to build, construct"), from Proto-Germanic *buldijanan, *budlijanan (“to build”), from Proto-Germanic *budlan, *buþlan, *bōdlan, *bōþlan (“house, dwelling, farm”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhōw- (“to swell, grow, thrive, be, live, dwell”). Related to Old English bold ("abode, house, dwelling-place, mansion, hall, castle, temple"). More at bottle. (Wiktionary)

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