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Meaning of build by Wiktionary Dictionary



    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 .


    • IPA: /bɪld/
    • Rhymes: -ɪld
    • Homophone: billed

    Usage notes




    build ( plural: builds )

    1. The physique of a human body; constitution or structure of a human body .
      Rugby players are of sturdy build .
    2. ( computing ) any of various versions of a software product as it is being developed for release to users

Explanation of build by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. develop and grow

    2. Suspense was building right from the beginning of the opera
    3. form or accumulate steadily

    4. Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border
    5. bolster or strengthen

    6. build up confidence
    7. improve the cleansing action of

    8. build detergents
    9. found or ground

    10. build a defense on nothing but the accused person's reputation
    11. make by combining materials and parts

    12. build or establish something abstract

    13. build a reputation
    14. be engaged in building

    15. These architects build in interesting and new styles
    16. give form to, according to a plan

    17. build a modern nation
      build a million-dollar business
    18. order, supervise, or finance the construction of

    19. The government is building new schools in this state
    1. constitution of the human body

    2. alternative names for the body of a human being

    Definition of build by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Build ( bĭld ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Built ( bĭlt ); p. pr. & vb. n. Building. The regular imp. & p. p. Builded is antiquated.] [OE. bulden, bilden, AS. byldan to build, fr. bold house; cf. Icel. bōl farm, abode, Dan. bol small farm, OSw. bol, böle, house, dwelling, fr. root of Icel. būa to dwell; akin to E. be, bower, boor. √97.]
      1. 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.

      Nor aught availed him now

      To have built in heaven high towers. Milton.

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

      Who builds his hopes in air of your good looks. Shak.

      3. 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”.

      I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up. Acts xx. 32.

      Syn. -- To erect; construct; raise; found; frame.

    2. Build ( bĭld ), v. i.
      1. To exercise the art, or practice the business, of building.

      2. 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”.

    3. Build, n. Form or mode of construction; general figure; make; as, “the build of a ship; a great build on a man”.