What does build mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. physique, build, body-build, habitusnoun

    constitution of the human body

  2. human body, physical body, material body, soma, build, figure, physique, anatomy, shape, bod, chassis, frame, form, fleshverb

    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"

  3. construct, build, makeverb

    make by combining materials and parts

    "this little pig made his house out of straw"; "Some eccentric constructed an electric brassiere warmer"

  4. build up, work up, build, progressverb

    form or accumulate steadily

    "Resistance to the manager's plan built up quickly"; "Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border"

  5. build, establishverb

    build or establish something abstract

    "build a reputation"

  6. buildverb

    improve the cleansing action of

    "build detergents"

  7. buildverb

    order, supervise, or finance the construction of

    "The government is building new schools in this state"

  8. buildverb

    give form to, according to a plan

    "build a modern nation"; "build a million-dollar business"

  9. buildverb

    be engaged in building

    "These architects build in interesting and new styles"

  10. buildverb

    found or ground

    "build a defense on nothing but the accused person's reputation"

  11. build up, work up, build, ramp upverb

    bolster or strengthen

    "We worked up courage"; "build up confidence"; "ramp up security in the airports"

  12. buildverb

    develop and grow

    "Suspense was building right from the beginning of the opera"


  1. buildnoun

    The physique of a human body; constitution or structure of a human body.

    Rugby players are of sturdy build.

  2. buildnoun

    any of various versions of a software product as it is being developed for release to users

  3. buildverb

    to form by combining materials or parts

  4. buildverb

    to develop or give form to according to a plan or process

  5. buildverb

    to increase or strengthen by adding gradually to

  6. buildverb

    to establish a basis for

  7. buildverb

    to develop in magnitude or extent

  8. Etymology: From bilden, from byldan, from buldijanan, from budlan, from bhōw-. Related to bold. More at bottle.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To BUILDverb

    preter. I built, I have built.

    Etymology: bilden, Dutch.

    Thus saith the Lord, thou shalt not build me an house to dwell in. Richard Hooker, b. ii. § 6.

    When usurers tell their gold in the field,
    And whores and bawds do churches build. William Shakespeare.

    When the head-dress was built up in a couple of cones and spires, which stood so excessively high on the side of the head, that a woman, who was but a pigmy without her head-dress, appeared like a colossus upon putting it on. Spectator, №. 98.

    To build, to plant, whatever you intend,
    To rear the column, or the arch to bend. Alexander Pope.

    Love built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies;
    Choose this face, chang’d by no deformities. John Donne.

    I would endeavour to destroy those curious, but groundless structures, that men have built up of opinions alone. Boyle.

  2. To Buildverb

    To depend on; to rest on.

    By a man’s authority, we here understand the force which his word hath for the assurance of another’s mind, that buildeth upon it. Richard Hooker.

    Some build rather upon the abusing of others, and putting tricks upon them, than upon soundness of their own proceedings. Francis Bacon, Essays, №. 23.

    Even those who had not tasted of your favours, yet built so much on the fame of your beneficence, that they bemoaned the loss of their expectations. John Dryden, Fables, Dedication.

    This is certainly a much surer way, than to build on the interpretations of an authour, who does not consider how the ancients used to think. Joseph Addison, on ancient Medals.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Buildverb

    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

  2. Buildverb

    to raise or place on a foundation; to form, establish, or produce by using appropriate means

  3. Buildverb

    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

  4. Buildverb

    to exercise the art, or practice the business, of building

  5. Buildverb

    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

  6. Buildnoun

    form or mode of construction; general figure; make; as, the build of a ship

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Build

    bild, v.t. to erect, as a house or bridge: to form or construct, as a railway, &c.—v.i. to depend (with on, upon):—pa.p. built or build′ed.—n. construction: make.—ns. Build′er, one who builds, or who controls the actual work of building; Build′ing, the art of erecting houses, &c.: anything built: a house.—p.adj. Built, formed or shaped.—Build in, to enclose by building; Build up, to close up by building, as a door: to erect any edifice, as a reputation: to edify spiritually, as the church. [A.S. gebyld, bold, a dwelling, from an assumed byldan, to build.]


  1. BUILD

    BUILD provides real-world entrepreneurial experience that empowers youth from under-served communities to excel in education, lead in their communities, and succeed professionally.The target BUILD student easily understands and admires entrepreneurship and financial success. The four-year BUILD curriculum uses entrepreneurship education as the motivator to get these students interested in applying to and attending a four-year college.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. build

    A vessel's form or construction.

Editors Contribution

  1. build

    To create or form.

    They did build the garden shed together easily.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 14, 2020  

  2. build

    To create using a plan.

    They chose to build a new house on their new land.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 23, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'build' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1602

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'build' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1204

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'build' in Verbs Frequency: #97

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of build in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of build in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of build in a Sentence

  1. Engineer.AI:

    We’re removing one of the biggest bottlenecks, developing a prototype, which enables people to build confidence in their idea before they invest significant time and money. ~ Engineer.ai CEO

  2. David Albright:

    The time to prepare a test device is a fraction of the time to build a missile deliverable one.

  3. Rebecca Robbins:

    Take it in stride, that's the reason we consciously use this word ritual before bed because it's ideally strategies that you build into your routine. It's your toolkit.

  4. Tami Erwin:

    What we love about this is that you create an ecosystem, and they will build and they will innovate and they will accelerate the rate of transformation.

  5. Bill Weber:

    Back then, the field of conservation was dominated by the fortress model: You draw a line, build a wall, hire guards and keep local people out, but it wasnt really working to stop poaching. There needs to be a real incentive for local people to care about conservation.

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