build/bɪld/USA pronunciationv.,built/bɪlt/USA pronunciation build•ing,n. v.
to make (a house, etc.) by putting together parts: [~ + object]How many years did it take to build the Empire State Building?[no object]The town wants to build in that area.
to start, increase, or strengthen; grow intense: [~ (+ up) + object]He came to this country and built (up) the family business.[~ + object (+ up)]to build it (up).[no object; (~ + up)]The tension in that story builds (up) toward a climax.See build up below.
to form, shape, or create:[~ + object (+ into)]The military school builds boys into men.
build in or into,[~ + in/into + object] to make something a part of something else: An allowance for travel was built into the budget.
build on or upon,[~ + on/upon + object]
to have as a basis:a relationship built on trust.
to form or construct a plan, system of thought, etc.: to build on the philosophies of the past.
build up,[~ + up + object]
to develop, strengthen, or increase:She built up my confidence.
to improve the strength or health of:weightlifting to build up his body.
to fill up with houses or other buildings:My old neighborhood has really been built up.