Definition of build noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bɪld//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪld//
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable, usually singular] the shape and size of the human body a man of average build
  2. 2[singular] the process of building or constructing something We are just completing the build of our new house. A defined build process ensures that your project's software is built and tested identically each time.
  3. 3[countable] a version of a piece of software that is created, especially one of a series of versions created before the final version is released You can sign up to help them test the alpha build of the game. see also new-build
  4. 4[singular] the form or style in which something is constructed, especially a vehicle The car has an impressive range of luxury features and superb build quality.
  5. 5[singular] the way in which something, especially a story or film/movie, develops towards the most exciting or important point the slow build of the plot
  6. Word OriginOld English byldan, from bold, botl ‘dwelling’, of Germanic origin; related to bower.Extra examples She is slight of build and very agile. a small woman with a slim build He was described as a man of average build. He’s heavier in build than his brother. to be of average/​medium/​slight/​slim/​heavy/​strong build
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: build