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build

build

 
 
pronunciation:
bIld
parts of speech:
verb, noun
phrases:
build up
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part of speech: verb
inflections: builds, building, built
definition 1: to make by joining together different parts and materials; construct.
We're going to build a tree house.
 
synonyms:
construct
antonyms:
dismantle, tear down
similar words:
assemble, create, erect, form, make
definition 2: to form or create.
The coach is hoping to build a strong team this year.
synonyms:
create, form
antonyms:
destroy, eradicate
definition 3: to make stronger or larger.
Success built her confidence.
synonyms:
develop, strengthen
antonyms:
decrease, diminish, weaken
similar words:
augment, enlarge, fortify, heighten, increase, intensify, reinforce, swell
definition 4: to grow in size, amount, or intensity.
Listen to the music build.
synonyms:
develop, intensify, swell
antonyms:
decrease, diminish, reduce
similar words:
grow, heighten, increase, mount
phrase: build up
 
part of speech: noun
definition: a particular type of body; figure.
Football players often have a large build.
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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