- To build is defined as to construct, create, establish or put together.
- 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.
A man working to build a house.
build definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
build definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb built built , build·ing, builds verb, transitive
- 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; physique: an athletic build.
- Computer Science Any of various versions of a software product as it is being developed for release to users.
Origin: Middle English bilden, from Old English byldan; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots.
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.
build - Phrases/Idioms
- to make more desirable or attractive to build up a product by advertising
- to erect many buildings in (an area)
build on sand