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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.


Synonymsestablish


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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