Definition of


  1. (noun, attribute) constitution of the human body
  2. (noun, body) alternative names for the body of a human being
    he has a strong physique
    the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak
  3. (verb, change) develop and grow
  4. (verb, change) form or accumulate steadily
    Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border
  5. (verb, change) bolster or strengthen
    build up confidence
    ramp up security in the airports
  6. (verb, change) improve the cleansing action of
  7. (verb, cognition) found or ground
  8. (verb, creation) make by combining materials and parts
    Some eccentric constructed an electric brassiere warmer
  9. (verb, creation) build or establish something abstract
  10. (verb, creation) be engaged in building
  11. (verb, creation) give form to, according to a plan
    build a million-dollar business
  12. (verb, social) order, supervise, or finance the construction of

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Build

  1. late O.E. byldan "construct a house," verb form of bold "house," from P.Gmc. *buthlam (cf. O.Fris. bodel "building, house"), from PIE *bhu- "to dwell," from base *bheue- "to be, exist, grow." Rare in O.E.; in M.E. it won out over more common O.E. timbran. Modern spelling is unexplained. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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