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English noun: build

1. build (attribute) constitution of the human body

Synonymsbody-build, habitus, physique

Broader (hypernym)bodily property

Narrower (hyponym)body type, dumpiness, lankiness, somatotype, squattiness

2. build (body) alternative names for the body of a human being

SamplesLeonardo studied the human body.
He has a strong physique.
The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.

Synonymsanatomy, bod, chassis, figure, flesh, form, frame, human body, material body, physical body, physique, shape, soma

Broader (hypernym)body, organic structure, physical structure

Narrower (hyponym)adult body, female body, juvenile body, male body, person

Part meronymhomo, human, human being, individual, man, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

English verb: build

1. build (creation) make by combining materials and parts

SamplesThis little pig made his house out of straw.
Some eccentric constructed an electric brassiere warmer.

ExamplesThe men build the bookshelves

Synonymsconstruct, make

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)create, make

Narrower (hyponym)cantilever, channelise, channelize, corduroy, customise, customize, dry-wall, erect, frame, frame up, groin, lock, put up, raise, rear, rebuild, reconstruct, revet, set up, wattle

Verb groupbuild

2. build (change) form or accumulate steadily

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

Synonymsbuild up, progress, work up

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)develop

Verb groupbuild, build, build up, ramp up, work up

3. build (creation) build or establish something abstract

SamplesBuild a reputation.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)create, make

4. build (change) improve the cleansing action of

SamplesBuild detergents.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate

Domain categorychemical science, chemistry

5. build (social) order, supervise, or finance the construction of

SamplesThe government is building new schools in this state.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)manage, oversee, superintend, supervise

6. build (creation) give form to, according to a plan

SamplesBuild a modern nation.
Build a million-dollar business.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)develop

7. build (creation) be engaged in building

SamplesThese architects build in interesting and new styles.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)create

Verb groupbuild, construct, make

Domain categoryarchitecture

8. build (cognition) found or ground

SamplesBuild a defense on nothing but the accused person's reputation.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)base, establish, found, ground

9. build (change) bolster or strengthen

SamplesWe worked up courage.
Build up confidence.
Ramp up security in the airports.

Synonymsbuild up, ramp up, work up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)increase

Verb groupbuild, build up, progress, work up

10. build (change) develop and grow

SamplesSuspense was building right from the beginning of the opera.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)deepen, intensify

Verb groupbuild, build up, progress, work up

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