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built by the fastening together of several parts or enlarged by the addition of layers:
This shoe has a built-up heel.
(of an area) filled in with houses, as an urban region.
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.
build up,

to develop or increase:
to build up a bank account.
to strengthen.
to prepare in stages.
to fill in with houses; develop into an urban area.
to praise or flatter.

Contemporary Examples

California’s Most Expensive Divorce? Kim Masters April 8, 2010
India’s Newest State Telangana Is Bosnia Redux Kranti Rai March 21, 2014
Obama’s Mission Impossible in Afghanistan After Soldier Shooting P.J. Crowley March 13, 2012
Anatomy of a Mexican Student Massacre Jason McGahan October 7, 2014
Taliban Forces Desperate to Hear from Their Absent Leader, Mullah Omar Ron Moreau April 30, 2013

Historical Examples

Great Fortunes, and How They Were Made James D. McCabe, Jr.
Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
Bound to Succeed Allen Chapman
Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
Modern Illustration Joseph Pennell

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
having many buildings (esp in the phrase built-up area)
denoting a beam, girder, or stanchion constructed of sections welded, riveted, or bolted together, etc
increased by the addition of parts: built-up heels

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 down
build in
build on
build on sand
build up


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