1. [ verb ] make by combining materials and parts
Synonyms: construct make

: "this little pig made his house out of straw" "Some eccentric constructed an electric brassiere warmer"

Related terms: make raise rebuild frames revet corduroy wattle customize cantilever lock channelise groin construction maker builder
2. [ verb ] form or accumulate steadily
Synonyms: build_up work_up progress

"Resistance to the manager's plan built up quickly" "Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border"

Related terms: develop develop build_up
3. [ verb ] build or establish something abstract
Synonyms: establish

"build a reputation"

Related terms: make
4. [ noun ] constitution of the human body
Synonyms: physique habitus body-build
Related terms: bodily_property body_type dumpiness lankiness
5. [ verb ] improve the cleansing action of; build detergents"
Related terms: better chemistry
6. [ verb ] be engaged in building

"These architects build in interesting and new styles"

Related terms: create architecture construct
7. [ verb ] increase or strengthen gradually
Synonyms: work_up ramp_up build_up

"This investment is building interest" "We worked up courage"

Related terms: increase
8. [ verb ] order, supervise, or finance the construction of

"The government is building new schools in this state"

Related terms: oversee construction
9. [ verb ] found or ground

"build a defense on nothing but the accused person's reputation"

Related terms: establish
10. [ verb ] give form to, according to a plan

"build a modern nation" "build a million-dollar business"

Related terms: develop
11. [ verb ] develop and grow

"Suspense was building right from the beginning of the opera"

Related terms: intensify
12. [ noun ] alternative names for the body of a human being
Synonyms: figure form flesh shape frame human_body anatomy bod chassis soma physique material_body physical_body

"Leonardo studied the human body" "he has a strong physique" "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak"

Related terms: body person female_body juvenile_body adult_body male_body person homo leg
Similar spelling:   bullied