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1 constitution of the human body [syn: physique, body-build, habitus]
2 alternative names for the body of a human being; "Leonardo studied the human body"; "he has a strong physique"; "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak" [syn: human body, physical body, material body, soma, figure, physique, anatomy, shape, bod, chassis, frame, form, flesh]


1 make by combining materials and parts; "this little pig made his house out of straw"; "Some eccentric constructed an electric brassiere warmer" [syn: construct, make]
2 form or accumulate steadily; "Resistance to the manager's plan built up quickly"; "Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border" [syn: build up, work up, progress]
3 build or establish something abstract; "build a reputation" [syn: establish]
4 improve the cleansing action of; "build detergents"
5 order, supervise, or finance the construction of; "The government is building new schools in this state"
6 give form to, according to a plan; "build a modern nation"; "build a million-dollar business"
7 be engaged in building; "These architects build in interesting and new styles"
8 found or ground; "build a defense on nothing but the accused person's reputation"
9 bolster or strengthen; "We worked up courage"; "build up confidence"; "ramp up security in the airports" [syn: build up, work up, ramp up]
10 develop and grow; "Suspense was building right from the beginning of the opera" [also: built]

User Contributed Dictionary



From bilden < byldan.


  • /bɪld/



  1. to form by combining materials or parts
  2. to develop or give form to according to a plan or process
  3. to increase or strengthen by adding gradually to
  4. to establish a basis for
  5. to form by combining materials or parts
  6. to develop in magnitude or extent




(transitive) to form by combining materials or parts
(transitive) to develop or give form to according to a plan or process
  • Swedish: bygga, forma, skapa
(transitive) to increase or strengthen by adding gradually to
(transitive) to establish a basis for
(intransitive) to form by combining materials or parts
(intransitive) to develop in magnitude or extent


  1. The physique of an animal's body; the constitution of an animal's body with respect to its skeleton and muscles
    Rugby players are of sturdy build.
  2. any of various versions of a software product as it is being developed for release to users


physique of an animal's body
computing: any of various versions of a software product as it is being developed for release to users
  • Swedish: build

Extensive Definition

Build may refer to:

See also

build in German: Build

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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