American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To form by combining materials or parts; construct.
- v. To order, finance, or supervise the construction of: The administration built several new housing projects.
- v. To develop or give form to according to a plan or process; create: build a nation; built a successful business out of their corner grocery store.
- v. To increase or strengthen by adding gradually to: money building interest in a savings account; build support for a political candidate.
- v. To establish a basis for; found or ground: build an argument on fact.
- v. To make something by combining materials or parts.
- v. To engage in the construction or design of buildings: "Each of the three architects built in a different style” ( Dwight Macdonald).
- v. To develop in magnitude or extent: clouds building on the horizon.
- v. To progress toward a maximum, as of intensity: suspense building from the opening scene to the climax.
- n. The physical makeup of a person or thing; physique: an athletic build.
- n. Computer Science Any of various versions of a software product as it is being developed for release to users.
- in To construct or include as an integral part of: a wall with shelving that was built in; build stability into the economy.
- on To use as a basis or foundation: We must build on our recent success.
- build up To develop or increase in stages or by degrees: built up the business; building up my endurance for the marathon.
- build up To accumulate or collect: sediment building up on the ocean floor.
- build up To bolster: build up the product with a massive ad campaign; built up my hopes after the interview.
- build up To fill up (an area) with buildings.
- idiom. build on sand To provide with an unstable foundation: Having bought only high-risk stocks, my portfolio was built on sand.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To frame or construct, as an edifice; form by uniting materials into a regular structure; erect.
- Figuratively— To form by art in any way; construct.
- To raise as on a support or foundation; rear.
- To establish, increase, and strengthen: generally with up: as, to build up a fine business; to build up a character.
- To exercise the art or practise the business of building; construct.
- Figuratively, to rear, erect, or construct anything, as a plan or a system of thought.
- To rest or depend, as on a foundation; base; rely: with on or upon.
- n. Manner of construction; make; form: as, the build of a ship.
- In casino, to combine certain cards so that their total pip-value equals that of a single card in the player's hand.
- v. transitive to form (something) by combining materials or parts
- v. transitive to develop or give form to (something) according to a plan or process
- v. transitive to increase or strengthen (something) by adding gradually to
- v. transitive to establish a basis for (something)
- v. intransitive to form by combining materials or parts
- v. intransitive to develop in magnitude or extent
- n. The physique of a human body; constitution or structure of a human body.
- n. computing any of various versions of a software product as it is being developed for release to users
- n. Internet slang a structure, nominally an abbreviation of building (see usage notes below).
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. 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.
- v. To raise or place on a foundation; to form, establish, or produce by using appropriate means.
- v. To increase and strengthen; to increase the power and stability of; to settle, or establish, and preserve; -- frequently with
- v. To exercise the art, or practice the business, of building.
- v. 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.
- n. Form or mode of construction; general figure; make.
- v. order, supervise, or finance the construction of
- n. constitution of the human body
- v. give form to, according to a plan
- v. develop and grow
- v. improve the cleansing action of
- v. found or ground
- v. build or establish something abstract
- v. be engaged in building
- v. make by combining materials and parts
- v. bolster or strengthen
- v. form or accumulate steadily
- n. alternative names for the body of a human being
- 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. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English bilden, from Old English byldan; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The Life Force of the body, acting always under the direction of the subconscious mind, _will build, and always does build_, healthily and normally, unless too much interfered with.”
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