to construct (especially something complex) by assembling and joining parts or materials:
to build a house.
to establish, increase, or strengthen (often followed by up):
to build a business; to build up one’s hopes.
to mold, form, or create:
to build boys into men.
to base; found:
a relationship built on trust.
to make (words) from letters.
to assemble (cards) according to number, suit, etc., as in melding.
to engage in the art, practice, or business of building.
to form or construct a plan, system of thought, etc. (usually followed by on or upon):
He built on the philosophies of the past.
to increase or develop toward a maximum, as of intensity, tempo, or magnitude (often followed by up):
The drama builds steadily toward a climax.
the physical structure, especially of a person; physique; figure:
He had a strong build.
the manner or form of construction:
The house was of modern build.
a version of a program after compilation, typically an update to an existing version made before the program is released.
the process of producing a software build.
a new version or update of data in a database or on a website:
frequent, incremental builds of data.
a vertical joint.
the vertical dimension of a stone laid on its bed.
build in/into, to build or incorporate as part of something else:
to build in bookcases between the windows; an allowance for travel expenses built into the budget.
to develop or increase:
to build up a bank account.
to prepare in stages.
to fill in with houses; develop into an urban area.
to praise or flatter.
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verb builds, building, built
to make, construct, or form by joining parts or materials: to build a house
(intransitive) to be a builder by profession
(transitive) to order the building of: the government builds most of our hospitals
foll by on or upon. to base; found: his theory was not built on facts
(transitive) to establish and develop: it took ten years to build a business
(transitive) to make in a particular way or for a particular purpose: the car was not built for speed
(intransitive) often foll by up. to increase in intensity: the wind was building
to add cards to each other to form (a sequence or set)
(intransitive) to add to the layout of cards on the table from one’s hand
physical form, figure, or proportions: a man with an athletic build
In the United States, this verb is used with much more latitude than in England. There, as Fennimore Cooper puts it, everything is BUILT. The priest BUILDS up a flock; the speculator a fortune; the lawyer a reputation; the landlord a town; and the tailor, as in England, BUILDS up a suit of clothes. A fire is BUILT instead of made, and the expression is even extended to individuals, to be BUILT being used with the meaning of formed. [Farmer, “Slang and Its Analogues,” 1890]
One’s physique, esp one’s figure or shape; bod: a husky build/ sexy build (1850s+)
A show whose earnings continue to increase: The revue was a build once word-of-mouth took hold (1950s+ Theater)
: It’s been a long build, but we can make our move now
build on sand
a trap for mice, especially one consisting of a rectangular wooden base on which a metal spring is mounted. a device, machine, or the like whose structure or function suggests a trap for mice. a device, system, or stratagem for detecting and catching someone in an unauthorized or illegal act. Football. trap1 (def 11). Informal. […]
build a collar
build a fire under someone
a process for reducing armaments, especially the number of nuclear weapons held by the U.S. and the U.S.S.R., by eliminating several older weapons for each new one that is deployed. Historical Examples The Renaissance of the Vocal Art Edmund Myer Modern Eloquence: Vol II, After-Dinner Speeches E-O Various Reduce, diminish, as in Owing to increased […]