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

      

    build

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//bɪld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪld//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they build
    BrE BrE//bɪld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪld//
     
    he / she / it builds
    BrE BrE//bɪldz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪldz//
     
    past simple built
    BrE BrE//bɪlt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪlt//
     
    past participle built
    BrE BrE//bɪlt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪlt//
     
    -ing form building
    BrE BrE//ˈbɪldɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɪldɪŋ//
     
    Structures
     
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  1. 1  [transitive, intransitive] to make something, especially a building, by putting parts together build (something) They have permission to build 200 new houses. Robins build nests almost anywhere. They're going to build on the site of the old power station. build something of/in/from something a house built of stone apartment blocks built in brick and concrete build something for somebody They had a house built for them. build somebody something David built us a shed in the back yard. More Like This Verbs with two objects bet, bring, build, buy, cost, get, give, leave, lend, make, offer, owe, pass, pay, play, post, promise, read, refuse, sell, send, show, sing, take, teach, tell, throw, wish, writeSee worksheet. See related entries: Structures
  2. 2  [transitive] build something to create or develop something She's built a new career for herself. We want to build a better life. This information will help us build a picture of his attacker.
  3. 3[intransitive] (of a feeling) to become gradually stronger The tension and excitement built gradually all day.
  4. More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet. Word Origin Old English byldan, from bold, botl ‘dwelling’, of Germanic origin; related to bower.Extra examples David built us a shed in the backyard. She’s built a new career for herself. They’re going to build on the site of the old power station.Idioms
    (build) castles in the air
     
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    (to have) plans or dreams that are not likely to happen or come true As a child he would wander round the boatyards, building castles in the air about owning a boat one day.
    Rome wasn’t built in a day
     
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    (saying) used to say that a complicated task will take a long time and needs patience
    Phrasal Verbsbuild something around somethingbuild somethinginbuild on somethingbuild something on somethingbuild somethingonbuild up (to something)build somebody upbuild up somebodybuild somethingupbuild up to something
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: build