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build

build

 
pronunciation:
bIld
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
phrases:
build up
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: builds, building, built
definition 1: to create by joining various parts and materials; construct.
They built a shed in the backyard.These stone churches were built to last.
 
synonyms:
construct
antonyms:
disassemble, dismantle, tear down
similar words:
assemble, create, erect, fabricate, form, frame, make, manufacture, rear
definition 2: to form or create.
The country is building ties with its former enemy.The coach hopes to build a strong team this year.
synonyms:
create, form
antonyms:
destroy, eradicate
definition 3: to strengthen or enlarge.
Success built her confidence.
synonyms:
develop, strengthen
antonyms:
decrease, diminish, weaken
similar words:
augment, enlarge, fortify, heighten, increase, intensify, magnify, reinforce, swell
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to create structures by putting parts together.
Most toddlers enjoy building with blocks.
definition 2: to be employed in construction, esp. of houses or other large structures.
He's been building with this company for a number of years now.
similar words:
labor
definition 3: to grow in size, amount, or intensity.
Listen to the music build.The tension builds during this scene.The nation's debt continues to build.
synonyms:
develop, intensify, swell
antonyms:
decrease, diminish, reduce
similar words:
accrue, grow, heighten, increase, mount
phrase: build up
 
part of speech: noun
definition: of a person, physical structure; physique; figure.
a slim build
synonyms:
physique
similar words:
body, figure, frame
Word History
The word build comes from bilden, an early English word that means "a dwelling or house." The current spelling did not appear until the late 1500s.
Word Builder: build +
  • builder:
    a person who builds; a person who works in construction.
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