I. verb (built; building) Etymology: Middle English bilden, from Old English byldan; akin to Old English būan to dwell — more at bower Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to form by ordering and uniting materials by gradual means into a composite whole ; construct 2. to cause to be constructed 3. to develop according to a systematic plan, by a definite process, or on a particular base 4. increase, enlarge intransitive verb 1. to engage in building 2. a. to progress toward a peak (as of intensity) <
build to a climax
b. to develop in extent <
a crowd building
II. noun Date: 1667 form or mode of structure ; make; especially bodily conformation of a person or animal

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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