built

[bilt]
verb
1.
simple past tense and past participle of build.
adjective
2.
Informal.
a.
of sound or sturdy construction: These cars are really built.
b.
having a good physique or figure: That lifeguard is really built!
3.
Nautical. noting any member or part of a vessel assembled from pieces: built frame; built spar.

well-built, adjective
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build

[bild]
verb (used with object), built or (Archaic) builded; building.
1.
to construct (especially something complex) by assembling and joining parts or materials: to build a house.
2.
to establish, increase, or strengthen (often followed by up ): to build a business; to build up one's hopes.
3.
to mold, form, or create: to build boys into men.
4.
to base; found: a relationship built on trust.
5.
Games.
a.
to make (words) from letters.
b.
to assemble (cards) according to number, suit, etc., as in melding.
verb (used without object), built or (Archaic) builded; building.
6.
to engage in the art, practice, or business of building.
7.
to form or construct a plan, system of thought, etc. (usually followed by on or upon ): He built on the philosophies of the past.
8.
to increase or develop toward a maximum, as of intensity, tempo, or magnitude (often followed by up ): The drama builds steadily toward a climax.
noun
9.
the physical structure, especially of a person; physique; figure: He had a strong build.
10.
the manner or form of construction: The house was of modern build.
11.
Computers.
a.
a version of a program after compilation, typically an update to an existing version made before the program is released.
b.
the process of producing a software build.
c.
a new version or update of data in a database or on a website: frequent, incremental builds of data.
12.
Masonry.
a.
a vertical joint.
b.
the vertical dimension of a stone laid on its bed.
Verb phrases
13.
build in/into, to build or incorporate as part of something else: to build in bookcases between the windows; an allowance for travel expenses built into the budget.
14.
build up,
a.
to develop or increase: to build up a bank account.
b.
to strengthen.
c.
to prepare in stages.
d.
to fill in with houses; develop into an urban area.
e.
to praise or flatter.

Origin:
before 1150; Middle English bilden, Old English byldan, derivative of bold, variant of botl dwelling, house

buildable, adjective
misbuild, verb, misbuilt, misbuilding.
outbuild, verb (used with object), outbuilt, outbuilding.
prebuild, verb (used with object), prebuilt, prebuilding.
superbuild, verb, superbuilt, superbuilding.
unbuildable, adjective
underbuild, verb, underbuilt, underbuilding.

billed, build.
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build (bɪld)
 
vb (foll by on or upon) (often foll by up) , builds, building, built
1.  to make, construct, or form by joining parts or materials: to build a house
2.  (intr) to be a builder by profession
3.  (tr) to order the building of: the government builds most of our hospitals
4.  to base; found: his theory was not built on facts
5.  (tr) to establish and develop: it took ten years to build a business
6.  (tr) to make in a particular way or for a particular purpose: the car was not built for speed
7.  to increase in intensity: the wind was building
8.  cards
 a.  to add cards to each other to form (a sequence or set)
 b.  (intr) to add to the layout of cards on the table from one's hand
 
n
9.  physical form, figure, or proportions: a man with an athletic build
 
[Old English byldan; related to bylda farmer, bold building, Old Norse bōl farm, dwelling; see bower1]

built (bɪlt)
 
vb
the past tense and past participle of build

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Word Origin & History

build
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.

built
pp. of build. Meaning "physically well-developed" is by 1940s (well-built in reference to a woman is from 1871); Built-in (adj.) is from 1898.
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Idioms & Phrases

built

see made (built) to order; not built that way; Rome wasn't built in a day. Also see under build.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
These continue to be built the same way they have for over a century, and
  usually not as well.
Prisons were built around the noble ideas of rehabilitation.
The power plants, buildings, and factories being built worldwide today are
  based largely on burning fossil fuels such as coal.
View a slide show that uncovers many of the ship's mysteries, including the
  name of the city in which the boat was built.
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