build

I UK [bɪld] / US verb
Word forms "build":
present tense I/you/we/they build he/she/it builds present participle building past tense built UK [bɪlt] / US past participle built
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1)
a) [intransitive/transitive] to make a building or other large structure by putting its parts together

Do you know when this house was built?

They're building a new bridge over the river.

You need planning permission to build on this land.

b) [transitive] to make a machine, vehicle, or other structure by putting its parts together

He's building his own computer.

The boat was built to withstand every weather condition.

2) build or build up
[transitive] to develop something

He set out to build a business empire and succeeded.

Many popular writers built up their reputations during the war.

3) build or build up
[intransitive/transitive] to increase, or to make something increase

The food industry needs to build consumer confidence again.

Multinational companies use a range of marketing techniques to build sales.

build (up) a picture of — to gradually develop an idea of what someone or something is like

We need to build up a picture of the community's needs.

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II UK [bɪld] / US noun [singular] *
the size and shape of someone's body

He was of medium build and about my height.


Collocations:
Adjectives frequently used with build
▪  medium, muscular, slender, slim, solid, stocky, sturdy, wiry

English dictionary. 2014.

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