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Meaning of “build” in the English Dictionary

"build" in British English

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buildverb

uk   us   /bɪld/ (built, built)
A2 [T or I] to make something by putting ​bricks or other ​materials together: They're building new houses by the ​river. The ​birds built ​theirnest in the ​tree. These ​oldhouses are built (= made) ofstone. Contractors have ​started building on ​wasteland near the ​town. [T] to ​create and ​develop something over a ​longperiod of ​time: We ​want to build a ​better future for ​ourchildren.

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buildnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /bɪld/
(Definition of build from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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buildverb

 us   /bɪld/ (past tense and past participle built  /bɪlt/ )
  • build verb (MAKE)

[I/T] 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.
  • build verb (DEVELOP)

[T] to ​develop something: They were ​able to build a ​familybusiness. She was building a ​reputation as a ​designer.
builder
noun [C]  us   /ˈbɪl·dər/
There’s a lot of ​pressure on ​realestatebrokers and ​home builders to ​hold down ​costs.

buildnoun [C]

 us   /bɪld/
  • build noun [C] (BODY)

the ​particularform of someone’s ​body: He was ​short, with a ​muscular build.
(Definition of build from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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buildverb

uk   us   /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 ​parkingstructures 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 ​successfulcareer in ​journalism.
[T] IT to ​create a ​computerprogram: Researchers have built a sophisticated ​computerprogram 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 ​ownerplans 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 ​staysuccessful for a very ​longtime: Our ​products are built to last and come with a lifetime ​guarantee.

buildnoun [C]

uk   us   /bɪld/
IT a ​computerprogram that is being ​developed: Developers are ​testing the latest build for ​errors.
PROPERTY a building that is being built or that has recently been built: To say that we can get every build in the biggest school building ​projectright first ​time is not realistic. Prices for new buildsfell 3%.
(Definition of build from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “build”
in Korean 건축하다, (건물을) 짓다…
in Arabic يَبْني, يُشَيِّد…
in Malaysian bina…
in French bâtir, construire…
in Russian строить, создавать…
in Chinese (Traditional) 建造,修建, 建立, 發展…
in Italian costruire…
in Turkish inşa etmek, yapmak, kurmak…
in Polish budować…
in Spanish construir…
in Vietnamese xây dựng…
in Portuguese construir, edificar, erigir…
in Thai สร้าง…
in German bauen…
in Catalan construir…
in Japanese ~を建てる, 建築する…
in Chinese (Simplified) 建造,修建, 建立, 发展…
in Indonesian membangun…
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