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English definition of “build”


verb [I/T] (MAKE)   /bɪld/ (past tense and past participle built  /bɪlt/)
to make a structure or something else by putting materials together in a particular way: [T] Without a plan, you can’t build a house. [T] Some owls had built a nest in the chimney. [I] We decided to build on high ground, above the river. builder    /ˈbɪl·dər/ noun [C] There’s a lot of pressure on real estate brokers and home builders to hold down costs.
(Definition of build verb (MAKE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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