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build - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'build' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Build [ n.]
- Form or mode of construction; general figure; make; as, the build of a ship.
2 . Build [ v. i.]
- To exercise the art, or practice the business, of building.
- 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 [ v. t.]
- 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.
- To raise or place on a foundation; to form, establish, or produce by using appropriate means.
- 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.

Meaning of 'build' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . build [ n]
Meaning (1):
- alternative names for the body of a human being
Example in sentence:
  • he has a strong physique;
  • Leonardo studied the human body;
  • the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak
2 . build [ v]
Meaning (2):
- found or ground
Example in sentence:
  • build a defense on nothing but the accused person's reputation
Meaning (3):
- give form to, according to a plan
Example in sentence:
  • build a million-dollar business;
  • build a modern nation
Meaning (4):
- build or establish something abstract
Example in sentence:
  • build a reputation
Meaning (5):
- improve the cleansing action of
Example in sentence:
  • build detergents
Meaning (6):
- bolster or strengthen
Example in sentence:
  • build up confidence;
  • ramp up security in the airports;
  • We worked up courage
Meaning (7):
- form or accumulate steadily
Example in sentence:
  • Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border;
  • Resistance to the manager's plan built up quickly
Meaning (8):
- make by combining materials and parts
Example in sentence:
  • Some eccentric constructed an electric brassiere warmer;
  • this little pig made his house out of straw
Meaning (9):
- develop and grow
Example in sentence:
  • Suspense was building right from the beginning of the opera
Meaning (10):
- order, supervise, or finance the construction of
Example in sentence:
  • The government is building new schools in this state
Meaning (11):
- be engaged in building
Example in sentence:
  • These architects build in interesting and new styles