Build v. t. [imp. & p. p. Built p. pr. & vb. n. Building. The regular imp. & p. p. Builded is antiquated.]
1. To erect or construct, as an edifice or fabric of any kind; to form by uniting materials into a regular structure; to fabricate; to make; to raise.
Nor aught availed him now
To have built in heaven high towers. --Milton.
2. To raise or place on a foundation; to form, establish, or produce by using appropriate means.
Who builds his hopes in air of your good looks. --Shak.
3. To increase and strengthen; to increase the power and stability of; to settle, or establish, and preserve; -- frequently with up; as, to build up one's constitution.
I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up. --Acts xx. 32.
Syn: -- To erect; construct; raise; found; frame.
Built n. Shape; build; form of structure; as, the built of a ship. [Obs.]
Built, a. Formed; shaped; constructed; made; -- often used in composition and preceded by the word denoting the form; as, frigate-built, clipper-built, etc.
Like the generality of Genoese countrywomen, strongly built. --Landor.
n 1: constitution of the human body [syn: physique, body-build,
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]
v 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"
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
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"
adj 1: (used of soaps or cleaning agents) having a substance (an
abrasive or filler) added to increase effectiveness;
"the built liquid detergents" [syn: reinforced]
2: formed by fitting or joining components together [syn: assembled,
3: well or attractively formed with respect to physique [syn: built(p),