A man working to build a house.
- An example of to build is creating a sand castle at the beach.
- An example of to build is making a man out of snow.
- An example of to build is constructing a house.
transitive verbbuilt or Archaicbuild′ed, build′ing
- to make by putting together materials, parts, etc.; construct; erect
- to order, plan, or direct the construction of
- to make a basis for; establish: to build a theory on facts
- to cause to be or grow; create or develop: often with up: to build good will, to build up a business
Origin of buildMiddle English bilden from Old English byldan, to build from base of bold, a house, akin to Old Norse bua: see bondage
- to put up a building
- to have a house, etc. built
- to be in the business of building houses, etc.
- to increase in amount, force, etc.; grow or intensify: often with up
- to depend or be based (on): this theory builds on others
- to make more desirable, attractive, healthy, etc.: to build up a product by advertising
- to erect many buildings in (an area)
verbbuilt, build·ing, builds
- To form by combining materials or parts; construct.
- To order, finance, or supervise the construction of: The administration built several new housing projects.
- 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.
- To increase or strengthen by adding gradually to: money building interest in a savings account; build support for a political candidate.
- To establish a basis for; found or ground: build an argument on fact.
- To make something by combining materials or parts.
- To engage in the construction or design of buildings: “Each of the three architects built in a different style” ( Dwight Macdonald )
- To develop in magnitude or extent: clouds building on the horizon.
- To progress toward a maximum, as of intensity: suspense building from the opening scene to the climax.
- The physical makeup of a person or thing, especially one's physique: an athletic build.
- Computers Any of various versions of a software product as it is being developed for release to users.
Origin of buildMiddle English bilden from Old English byldan ; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present builds, present participle building, simple past and past participle built)
- The simple past tense and past participle used to be builded; however, that form is now archaic, having been superseded by the form built.
- The physique of a human body; constitution or structure of a human body.
- Rugby players are of sturdy build.
- (computing) any of various versions of a software product as it is being developed for release to users
- The computer company has introduced a new prototype build to beta testers.
- (Internet slang) a structure, nominally an abbreviation of building .
- I made a build that looked like the Parthenon in that game.
- As internet slang, although the word is nominally an abbreviation of "building", the slang term can refer to any structure or formation created by the player e.g. a statue, a pool, or even a forest.
From Middle English bilden, from Old English byldan (“to build, construct”), from Proto-Germanic *buldijaną, *budlijaną (“to build”), from Proto-Germanic *budlą, *buþlą, *bōdlą, *bōþlą (“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.
build - Computer Definition
(1) (verb) To compile a program. See build tool.
(2) (noun) A version of a program. A build number is assigned to newly compiled instances of a program under development. When published, a version number is typically assigned to the software, and the build number is hidden. Occasionally, software development tools retain their build number rather than replacing it with a version number. See gold code, build tool and canary build.