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Dictionary definition for: Build

1. (n) constitution of the human body

2. (v) make by combining materials and parts; "this little pig made his house out of straw" "Some eccentric constructed an electric brassiere warmer"

3. (n) 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"

4. (v) form or accumulate steadily; "Resistance to the manager''s plan built up quickly" "Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border"

5. (v) build or establish something abstract; "build a reputation"

6. (v) improve the cleansing action of; "build detergents"

7. (v) order, supervise, or finance the construction of; "The government is building new schools in this state"

8. (v) give form to, according to a plan; "build a modern nation" "build a million-dollar business"

9. (v) be engaged in building; "These architects build in interesting and new styles"

10. (v) found or ground; "build a defense on nothing but the accused person''s reputation"

11. (v) bolster or strengthen; "We worked up courage" "build up confidence" "ramp up security in the airports"

12. (v) develop and grow; "Suspense was building right from the beginning of the opera"

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