build1 S1 W1 past tense and past participle built
to make something, especially a building or something large:
make something[intransitive and transitive]
The purpose is to build new houses for local people.
The road took many years to build.
They needed $3m to build the bridge.
It is the female birds that build the nests.
Developers want to build on the site of the old gas works.
a row of recently built houses
build somebody something
He's going to build the children a doll's house.
to make something develop or form:
make something developalso build up [transitive]
She had built a reputation as a criminal lawyer.
She's been busy building her career.
Ross took twenty years to build up his business.
build (up) a picture of somebody/something (=form a clear idea about someone or something)
We're trying to build up a picture of what happened.
to be made using particular materials:
The church was built of brick.
if a feeling builds or if you build it, it increases gradually over a period of time:
feelingalso build up [intransitive and transitive]
Tension began to build as they argued more frequently.
In order to build your self esteem, set yourself targets you can reach.
to try to establish a better relationship between people who do not like each other:
Peter needs to try and build bridges with Lizzie.
build something around somethingphrasal verb
Successful businesses are built around good personal relationships.
build something ↔ inphrasal verb
to make something so that it is a permanent part of a wall, room etc: ➔ built-in
You could build in a wardrobe with mirrored doors.
build something into somethingphrasal verb
to make something so that it is a permanent part of a wall, room etc:
There are three cash machines built into the wall.
to make something a permanent part of a system, agreement etc:
Opportunities for reviewing the timings should be built into the plan.
build onphrasal verb
to base something on an idea or thing:
Our relationship is built on trust.
to use your achievements as a base for further development:
The new plan will build on the success of the previous programme.
to add another room to a building in order to have more space
build something ↔ on
We're planning to build on a conservatory.
build upphrasal verb
if something builds up somewhere or if you build it up, it gradually becomes bigger or greater ➔ build-up
build something ↔ up
The museum has built up a fine art collection.
the rate at which the pension builds up
to make something develop or form
build something ↔ up
build something ↔ up into
He's built up the family firm into a multinational company.
if a feeling builds up or if you build it up, it increases gradually over a period of time:
If you don't express your feelings, frustration and anger can build up.
build up something
You have to build up trust.
to make someone well and strong again, especially after an illness:
Taking exercise will build up your strength.
to praise someone or something so that other people think they are really good or so that they have more confidence:
build somebody/something ↔ up
The coach has been building his men up before the match.
to unfairly encourage someone to think that they will get what they hope for:
Don't build your hopes up too much.
build up to somethingphrasal verb
I could tell she was building up to some kind of announcement.