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English definition of “build”

build

verb     /bɪld/ (built, built)
[I or T] to make a building or other structure by putting different parts or materials together: New offices were built downtown to house the company's headquarters . The city plans to build three new parking structures next to the airport . build cars / planes / machinery , etc.
[T] to create something from a collection of ideas , plans , information , people , etc.: build a website / network build a company / team / department
[T] (also build up) to develop something gradually so that it becomes larger , more powerful , more successful , etc.: build up a career/business/brand He moved to London where he built up a successful career in journalism .
[T] IT to create a computer program : Researchers have built a sophisticated computer program to search for answers .
build a case LAW to collect facts and information in order to prove in a court of law that someone is guilty or not guilty : build a case for/against sb Investigators are working to build a case against the three suspects .
be built to flip if a company is built to flip , the owner plans to sell it soon after creating it in order to make a profit quickly : Some companies are built to flip , so there is hardly any investment in research and development .
be built to last if something is built to last, it is made, designed , or planned so well that it continues to exist or stay successful for a very long time : Our products are built to last and come with a lifetime guarantee .
(Definition of build verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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