build

To build is to construct or make something. When you build a house, you start at the very bottom, with the foundation, and work your way up.

You build a birdhouse using scraps of wood, a hammer, and nails, or you can build a career as a poet by writing daily and submitting poems to literary magazines. In both examples, you're constructing something yourself using materials and hard work. Another meaning is to make stronger: "I have to build my endurance if I'm going to finish that marathon." The Old English root of build, byldan, specifically means "build a house," from bold, "house."

Definitions of build
  1. verb
    make by combining materials and parts
    synonyms: construct, make
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    customise, customize
    make according to requirements
    revet
    construct a revetment
    dry-wall
    construct with drywall
    lock
    build locks in order to facilitate the navigation of vessels
    wattle
    build of or with wattle
    frame, frame up
    construct by fitting or uniting parts together
    rebuild, reconstruct
    build again
    groin
    build with groins
    cantilever
    construct with girders and beams such that only one end is fixed
    erect, put up, raise, rear, set up
    construct, build, or erect
    corduroy
    build (a road) from logs laid side by side
    channelise, channelize
    make a channel for; provide with a channel
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    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  2. verb
    order, supervise, or finance the construction of
    “The government is building new schools in this state”
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    manage, oversee, superintend, supervise
    watch and direct
  3. verb
    build or establish something abstract
    build a reputation”
    synonyms: establish
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    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  4. verb
    give form to, according to a plan
    build a modern nation”
    build a million-dollar business”
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    develop
    make something new, such as a product or a mental or artistic creation
  5. verb
    found or ground
    build a defense on nothing but the accused person's reputation”
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    base, establish, found, ground
    use as a basis for; found on
  6. verb
    be engaged in building
    “These architects build in interesting and new styles”
    Synonyms:
    construct, make
    make by combining materials and parts
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    create
    pursue a creative activity; be engaged in a creative activity
  7. noun
    constitution of the human body
    synonyms: body-build, habitus, physique
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    lankiness
    a tall and thin physique
    dumpiness, squattiness
    a short and stout physique
    body type, somatotype
    a category of physique
    asthenic type, ectomorphy
    slender, weak, and lightweight
    endomorphy, pyknic type
    round, fat, and heavy
    athletic type, mesomorphy
    muscular and big-boned
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    bodily property
    an attribute of the body
  8. noun
    alternative names for the body of a human being
    synonyms: anatomy, bod, chassis, figure, flesh, form, frame, human body, material body, physical body, physique, shape, soma
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    person
    a human body (usually including the clothing)
    juvenile body
    the body of a young person
    adult body
    the body of an adult human being
    male body
    the body of a male human being
    female body
    the body of a female human being
    child's body
    the body of a human child
    adult female body, woman's body
    the body of an adult woman
    adult male body, man's body
    the body of an adult man
    type of:
    body, organic structure, physical structure
    the entire structure of an organism (an animal, plant, or human being)
  9. verb
    form or accumulate steadily
    “Resistance to the manager's plan built up quickly”
    “Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border”
    synonyms: build up, progress, work up
    build up, ramp up, work up
    bolster or strengthen
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    develop
    grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment
  10. verb
    develop and grow
    “Suspense was building right from the beginning of the opera”
    Synonyms:
    build up, progress, work up
    form or accumulate steadily
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    deepen, intensify
    become more intense
  11. verb
    improve the cleansing action of
    build detergents”
  12. verb
    bolster or strengthen
    build up confidence”
    synonyms: build up, ramp up, work up
    build up, progress, work up
    form or accumulate steadily
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    increase
    make bigger or more
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