- I UK [bɪld] / US
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
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.- build in- build on- build upSee:
II UK [bɪld] / US noun [singular] *
the size and shape of someone's body
He was of medium build and about my height.•
Adjectives frequently used with build
▪ medium, muscular, slender, slim, solid, stocky, sturdy, wiry
English dictionary. 2014.