build VERB (past and past part. built) 1) construct by putting parts or materials together. 2) (often build up) increase in size or intensity over time. 3) (build on) use as a basis for further progress or development. 4) (build in/into) incorporate (something) as a permanent part of.
NOUN 1) the proportions of a person's or animal's body. 2) the style or form of construction of something.
DERIVATIVES builder noun.
ORIGIN Old English, related to BOWER(Cf. ↑bower).

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