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[n] constitution of the human body
[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"
[v] develop and grow; "Suspense was building right from the beginning of the opera"
[v] form steadily; "Resistance to the manager's plan built up quickly"
[v] increase or strengthen gradually; "This investment is building interest"; "We worked up courage"
[v] improve the cleansing action of; "build detergents"
[v] found or ground; "build a defense on nothing but the accused person's reputation"
[v] make by combining materials and parts; "this little pig made his house out of straw"; "Some eccentric constructed an electric brassiere warmer"
[v] build or establish something abstract; "build a reputation"
[v] be engaged in building; "These architects build in interesting and new styles"
[v] give form to, according to a plan; "build a modern nation"; "build a million-dollar business"
[v] order, supervise, or finance the construction of; "The government is building new schools in this state"

Misc. Definitions

\Build\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Built}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Building}. The regular imp. & p. p. {Builded} is antiquated.] [OE. bulden, bilden, AS. byldan to build, fr. bold house; cf. Icel. b[=o]l farm, abode, Dan. bol small farm, OSw. bol, b["o]le, house, dwelling, fr. root of Icel. b?a to dwell; akin to E. be, bower, boor. [root]97.]
1. To erect or construct, as an edifice or fabric of any kind; to form by uniting materials into a regular structure; to fabricate; to make; to raise. Nor aught availed him now To have built in heaven high towers. --Milton.
2. To raise or place on a foundation; to form, establish, or produce by using appropriate means. Who builds his hopes in air of your good looks. --Shak.
3. To increase and strengthen; to increase the power and stability of; to settle, or establish, and preserve; -- frequently with up; as, to build up one's constitution. I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up. --Acts xx. 3
2. Syn: To erect; construct; raise; found; frame.
\Build\, v. i.
1. To exercise the art, or practice the business, of building.
2. To rest or depend, as on a foundation; to ground one's self or one's hopes or opinions upon something deemed reliable; to rely; as, to build on the opinions or advice of others.
\Build\, n. Form or mode of construction; general figure; make; as, the build of a ship.

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