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      vb   , builds, building, built  
1    to make, construct, or form by joining parts or materials  
to build a house     
2    intr   to be a builder by profession  
3    tr   to order the building of  
the government builds most of our hospitals     
4    foll by: on or upon   to base; found  
his theory was not built on facts     
5    tr   to establish and develop  
it took ten years to build a business     
6    tr   to make in a particular way or for a particular purpose  
the car was not built for speed     
7    intr; often foll by: up   to increase in intensity  
the wind was building     
8      (Cards)  
a    to add cards to each other to form (a sequence or set)  
b    intr   to add to the layout of cards on the table from one's hand  
9    physical form, figure, or proportions  
a man with an athletic build         See also       build in       build into       build up  
     (Old English byldan; related to bylda farmer, bold building, Old Norse bol farm, dwelling; see bower1)  

build in  
      vb   tr, adv   to incorporate or construct as an integral part  
to build in safety features     
build into  
      vb   tr, prep   to make (something) a definite part of (a contract, agreement, etc.)  
build up  
      vb   adv  
1    tr   to construct gradually, systematically, and in stages  
2    to increase, accumulate, or strengthen, esp. by degrees  
the murmur built up to a roar     
3    intr   to prepare for or gradually approach a climax  
4    tr   to improve the health or physique of (a person)  
5    tr, usually passive   to cover (an area) with buildings  
6    tr   to cause (a person, enterprise, etc.) to become better known; publicize  
they built several actresses up into stars     
7    progressive increase in number, size, etc  
the build-up of industry     
8    a gradual approach to a climax or critical point  
9    extravagant publicity or praise, esp. in the form of a campaign  
10      (Military)   the process of attaining the required strength of forces and equipment, esp. prior to an operation  
      vb   , -builds, -building, -built   tr   to build (houses, flats, etc.) badly using cheap materials  
  jerry-builder      n  
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1    assemble, construct, erect, fabricate, form, make, put up, raise  
2    base, begin, constitute, establish, formulate, found, inaugurate, initiate, institute, originate, set up, start  
3    accelerate, amplify, augment, develop, enlarge, escalate, extend, improve, increase, intensify, strengthen  
4    body, figure, form, frame, physique, shape, structure  
,       vb  
1    demolish, dismantle, tear down  
2    end, finish, relinquish, suspend  
3    contract, debilitate, decline, decrease, dilute, harm, impair, lower, reduce, sap, weaken  

1    accumulation, development, enlargement, escalation, expansion, gain, growth, increase  
2    ballyhoo     (informal)   hype, plug     (informal)   promotion, publicity, puff  
3    accretion, accumulation, heap, load, mass, rick, stack, stockpile, store  
build up  
1    add to, amplify, augment, develop, enhance, expand, extend, fortify, heighten, improve, increase, intensify, reinforce, strengthen  
2    advertise, boost, plug     (informal)   promote, publicize, spotlight  

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