Build - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |bɪld|  American pronunciation of the word build
Brit.  |bɪld|  British pronunciation of the word build
irregular verb:  p.t. — built  p.p. — built


- constitution of the human body (syn: body-build, habitus, physique)
- alternative names for the body of a human being (syn: anatomy, bod, chassis, figure, flesh, form, frame, physique, shape, soma)


- make by combining materials and parts (syn: construct, make)
- form or accumulate steadily(syn: progress)
- build or establish something abstract(syn: establish)
- improve the cleansing action of
- order, supervise, or finance the construction of
- give form to, according to a plan
- be engaged in building

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The bridge was built in the 1890s.

The planes were built in Germany.

The organization helps build houses for poor families.

A family of birds has built a nest on our roof.

She started building a fire in the fireplace.

He built a model airplane from a kit.

You will need permission to build on your property.

They are building a legal case against the tobacco industry.

Scientists building theories about how the universe began

At college, you'll build friendships that will last a lifetime.

He is strong and muscular in build.

A man of average build

A district was built up with new blocks of flats.

Before bricks were invented, people built their houses out of wood.

After raising the money, the hospital was able to build out a whole new section.

Phrasal verbs

build in  — make something an integral part of something else
build on  — be based on; of theories and claims, for example
build up  — enlarge, develop, or increase by degrees or in stages

Word forms

I/you/we/they: build
he/she/it: builds
present participle: building
past tense: built
past participle: built
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