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verb build pronunciation in British English /bɪld/
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present tense
I/you/we/theybuild
he/she/itbuilds
present participlebuilding
past tensebuilt
past participlebuilt
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to make a building or other large structure by putting its parts together

    Do you know when this house was built?

    They’re building a new bridge over the river.

    You need planning permission to build on this land.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to make a machine, vehicle, or other structure by putting its parts together

      He’s building his own computer.

      The boat was built to withstand every weather condition.

  2. 2

    build

    or

    build up

    [transitive] to develop something

    He set out to build a business empire and succeeded.

    Many popular writers built up their reputations during the war.

  3. 3

    build

    or

    build up

    [intransitive/transitive] to increase, or to make something increase

    The food industry needs to build consumer confidence again.

    Multinational companies use a range of marketing techniques to build sales.

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